Speed limit to rise on 340 miles of MN highway – with more increases possible

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About 340 miles of two-lane, two-way roads in northern, central and western Minnesota will see their speed limits increased from 55 mph to 60 mph in the coming weeks.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation made the announcement Friday following a $100,000 engineering and traffic study that identified highways suitable for a higher speed limit.

Several sections of MN 23, which bisects starting from the southwest corner and runs all the way up to Superior, Wisconsin, will have an increased limit, as will parts of MN 55.

You can see the full list of which roads will have increased limits here, at Appendix E.

There could be more speed limit rises in the future as well, with MnDOT saying it will study around 1,500 miles of two-lane highways this year to see if they could safely handle increase speed limits, and about 5,500 more miles between 2016 and 2018.

This year, the department only studied 570 miles, of which 340 will have an increased limit, so it's expected that drivers will be able to pump a little extra gas on more and more of Minnesota's two-lane highways in the coming years.

The new limits will be enforced as soon as new speed signs are posted.

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