Wyoming to test variable speed limits

| Friday, September 28, 2007

The state of Wyoming is hoping to introduce a first-of-its-kind speed limit system on its interstates.

It’s called a “variable speed limit,” with the speed limit changing in response to weather and road conditions.

Wyoming currently has a uniform speed limit for trucks and cars – and that won’t change.

But in heavy rain or snow, digital speed limit signs will slow all traffic down, and speed it back up when conditions permit.

Wyoming Department of Transportation Spokesman Vince Garcia told “Land Line Now” on XM Satellite Radio there will be a pilot program this winter on a six-mile stretch of Interstate 80 between Rawlins and Laramie.

If the program goes well, Garcia said state officials hope to gradually introduce the variable speed limit statewide.

– By Reed Black, staff writer
reed_black@landlinemag.com

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