A bill awaiting Gov. Tim Kaine’s signature would raise the speed limit
for all vehicles on an interstate in southeast Virginia.
Sponsored by Sen. Frank M. Ruff Jr., R-Mecklenburg, the bill would
increase the speed limit on Interstate 85 from Petersburg to the North Carolina line from 65 mph to 70 mph for all vehicles.
The bill – SB53 – won approval 36-3 in the Senate. House lawmakers
endorsed it 80-20. The votes cleared the way for the bill to move to the
Lawmakers in the House refused to authorize a change offered by
Delegate Bob Hull, D-Falls Church. Hull tried to add a provision to the bill
while it was debated on the House floor that would’ve kept large trucks at the
current 65 mph limit.
Ruff told the Richmond Times-Dispatch the change makes sense for all vehicles because the speed limit on the
interstate from Atlanta north to the Virginia line is 70 mph, except in urban
The Virginia Department of Transportation would have the final say on
any changes to the speed limit.
Safety studies would need to be done to determine whether portions of
the interstate in Virginia should have a lower speed limit if the overall limit
is raised, the newspaper reported.