The state Department of Transportation says new 70 mph speed limit signs will be installed this week along several hundred miles of Wisconsin highways.
Weather permitting, the DOT expects the work to be done by county highway crews on Tuesday and Wednesday. They will be putting up 470 new speed limit and related signs along a total of 726 miles of Interstate that currently have a speed limit of 65 mph. The higher speed limits will take effect once the new signs are posted.
The DOT is reminding drivers to stay alert for workers who may be stopped along the side of the road to install the signs. The agency is also discouraging motorists from stopping to take pictures of the updated signs because it could pose a hazard to other drivers.
Lawmakers approved legislation last month that authorized the DOT to increase the maximum speed limit on roadways where agency staff felt faster travel would not impact safety.