Speed increases on the Pennsylvania turnpike may soon help
truckers deliver their loads a little faster.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has approved a uniform
65 mph speed limit between mile markers 91 and 130, minus a few mountainous
stretches near the Allegheny Tunnel.
The commission is in the process of ordering and installing
new speed limit signs, many of which will feature electronic displays that can
be changed remotely from 65 mph to 55 mph, based on traffic and weather
conditions. Officials said they hope to officially unveil the project by the
busy Memorial Day weekend.
The turnpike has had a 55 mph limit since a national speed
limit was enacted during the energy crisis of the 1970s. Although control was
shifted back to the states in 1995, parts of the turnpike near Pittsburgh, PA,
and Philadelphia were kept at the lower 55 mph limit because of federal “urbanized area” restrictions, according to a news release from the turnpike
“Our intention had always been to get as much of the
turnpike returned to 65 mph where it’s safe to do so,” turnpike commission CEO
Joe Brimmeier said in the release. “We added lanes, straightened curves and
made travel safer for everyone.”