Speed limit raised on some New York roadways

| Friday, April 30, 2004

Gov. George Pataki announced April 26 the speed limit will go up from 55 mph to 65 mph on 134 miles of New York state highways.

Since 1995, the speed limit has increased to 65 mph along nearly 1,370 miles of roadway statewide. The latest changes will take effect as soon as the new limits are posted – a process that started this week.

Gov. Pataki said in a statement the higher speeds would allow faster travel and more rapid shipment of goods while improving safety.

“It is anticipated that the higher speed limit will benefit highway safety through the reduction in the speed differentials between faster and slower vehicles on these highways. The increases are expected to help enhance the smooth flow of regular and commercial traffic along many of New York’s chief trade and tourism corridors,” Pataki said.

Speed limits will increase on highways in the following counties:

  • Albany – state Route 7 from Interstate 87 to 787 (3.5 miles).
  • Broome – Interstate 81 and state Route 17 from the East Binghamton city line to Interstate 81 Exit 2 (2.8 miles); state Route 17 from Exit 67 to 69 (2.7 miles).
  • Broome and Delaware – state Route 17 from Exit 75 in Broome County to east of Exit 84 in Delaware County (26.4 miles).
  • Erie – Interstate 190 from the Grand Island Bridge to the Witmer Road Exit (5.1 miles); Interstate 990 from Interstate 290 to state Route 263 (5.7 miles); state Route 400 from the Seneca Street connector to north of state Route 16 (16.2 miles).
  • Jefferson – Interstate 81 between exits 51 and 52 (3.4 miles).
  • Oneida – Interstate 790 and state Route 49 from New York State Thruway Exit 31 to state Route 825 (14.6 miles).
  • Orange – state Route 17 from the Sullivan/Orange county line to Interstate 87 (24.4 miles).
  • Putnam and Westchester – Interstate 684 between interstates 84 and 287 (29 miles).

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