New speed signs are now posted in some locations in the state, but others are still being installed.
Department of Transportation officials urge motorists to be aware of the legal maximum speed, and also be watchful of workers sprinkled on Wisconsin roads installing new signage.
“They are still installing those in certain areas of the state,” said Steve Olson at the DOT. “Most of them are up and people will probably be noticing them as they drive this weekend. So they’ll see where it’s posted and then the new speed limit will of course be 70 mph.”
Also, Olson said drivers need to obey the law, which Governor Scott Walker signed on May 20, 2015. The faster speed is not allowed in many areas of the state — depending on the road, the weather, and other factors. “We’re asking motorists to remember that in certain instances 70 mph may even be too fast; for example, in work zones or when they’re encountering any kind of inclement weather.” And, he says drivers need to move over to make room for those installing the new signs.
Olson said workers are putting up 470 signs along a total of roughly 800 miles of interstate designated for 70 mile-an-hour speeds.