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Oklahoma raising speeds on rural interstates

The Oklahoma Transportation Commission approved a plan to raise the speed limit from 70 to 75 miles per hour on nearly 400 miles of rural interstates.
The Oklahoma Transportation Commission approved a plan to raise the speed limit from 70 to 75 miles per hour on nearly 400 miles of rural interstates.(Oklahoma Department of Transportation)
Published: Aug. 3, 2020 at 5:43 PM CDT
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(KXII) - Drivers in rural Oklahoma will soon be driving a bit faster on interstates, including one in Texoma.

The Oklahoma Transportation Commission approved a plan to raise the speed limit from 70 to 75 miles per hour on nearly 400 miles of rural interstates, including:

  • I-35 from the Oklahoma/Texas state line, north 90 miles to just south of the SH-74 junction near Purcell
  • I-35 from the Oklahoma/Kansas state line, south 89 miles to Waterloo Rd. near the Oklahoma/Logan County line
  • I-40 from the Oklahoma/Texas state line, east 32 miles to near the SH-34 junction west of Elk City
  • I-40 from just east of the Beckham/Washita County line, east 22 miles to two miles west of the US-183 junction in Clinton
  • I-40 from just west of the Custer/Caddo County line, east 50 miles to just east of Frisco Rd. near Yukon
  • I-40 from just east of the SH-18 junction near Shawnee, east 116 miles to just west of the CR 4570 (Dwight Mission Rd.) junction west of Sallisaw.

The new speed limit does not go into effect until new signs are in place. Until then, the current posted speed limit will be enforced.

In July, The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority Board approved an 80 mile per hour speed limit on 104 miles of rural turnpikes.

“We appreciate the vision of Rep. Daniel Pae and his fellow legislators to help both agencies take a big-picture look at our system for areas which made sense for a speed limit change,” Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation Tim Gatz said. “We know drivers are looking forward to seeing these changes, and we urge them to do their part for safety by following posted speeds and being alert to the surrounding traffic conditions.”

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