Wisconsin's governor signs 70 mph speed limit into law

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line contributing writer | 5/22/2015

Truck drivers and other motorists will likely notice faster traveling times in the Badger State starting this summer. On Wednesday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill into law that would increase the maximum speed limit on freeways and expressways from 65 to 70 miles per hour.

Assembly Bill 27 won’t take effect until specific highway segments are posted with the higher speed. Now known as Act 19, the bill was authored by Wisconsin Rep. Paul Tittl, R-Manitowoc, and Sen. Devin LeMahieu, R-Oostburg.  The bill was approved in both the Senate and the Assembly by voice vote.

According to the Journal-Sentinel newspaper, the state Department of Transportation will be responsible for determining which segments of Wisconsin state highways would be raised to 70 mph. Beginning in June, the state’s 700 miles of interstate highways go to the new limit.

The new law avoided proposed inclusions of split speed limits. Thankfully, one OOIDA state legislative staffer said, leaders in the legislature rightly saw the hazards in creating two speed limits for the same highways.

“While OOIDA does not advocate for a specific speed limit, we do believe that any maximum speed limit should be uniform for both cars and trucks,” Mike Matousek, OOIDA director of state legislative affairs, said. “During consideration of AB 27, there was an attempt to keep trucks at 65 mph, which was rightfully rejected. And Senator LeMahieu, Representative Tittl, and their staffs should be commended for their leadership on this issue.”

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