Arizona bumps up speed on Superstition Freeway

| 2/3/2003

Drivers traveling along U.S. 60 near Mesa, AZ, will notice road crews have pulled out of the area; drivers can now legally drive 65 mph on the road.

The Arizona Department of Transportation says the increase from 55 mph to 65 mph follows the end of construction to build additional lanes and other improvements along the Superstition Freeway between I-10 and Val Vista Drive. The road east of that point has been at 65 mph since 2001.

Two years ago, agency officials decided to increase the speed limit on some freeways in the area following a study of vehicle speeds and consultation with the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

ADOT's speed limit policy is designed to encourage drivers to travel at nearly the same speed, which the department says makes for a safer flow of traffic.