For the second time this year, speed limits on some Ohio roadways - including some of the major roads that cross Trumbull County - are about to go up.
According to a release, the Ohio Department of Transportation is increasing some speed limits on 607 miles of roadway as a result of legislation passed by the Ohio General Assembly earlier this year.
The change - which goes into effect Sunday - is:
l Rural divided highways to 60 miles per hour (194 miles of roadway)
l Rural expressways without traffic control signals to 65 mph (15 miles of roadway)
l Rural freeways to 70 mph (398 miles of roadway)
Locally, the speed limit on state Route 11 from Interstate 90 to state Route 82 will increase to 70 mph. U.S. Route 422 from the state Route 5 bypass to state Route 88 will increase to 55 mph. State Route 82 from state Route 11 to state Route 7 will increase to 60 mph.
"Raising speed limits is not something the state takes lightly," said Jerry Wray, director of ODOT. "We put much time and consideration into identifying roadways where speed limits could increase while maintaining a safe commute for Ohio motorists."
The legislative changes require ODOT to produce 1,100 new highway signs at a cost of $114,845. Most of the signs will be converted by Oct. 4.
On July 1, speed limits on 570 miles of rural Ohio interstates increased from 65 to 70 mph for both cars and trucks. Motorists were already legally permitted to drive 70 mph on all 241 miles of the Ohio Turnpike.