Traffic

DOT to raise speed limit on Triangle highways

Posted September 23, 2013

— The state Department of Transportation said Monday that the speed limit on three Triangle highways will increase from 65 to 70 mph in the next week.

Drivers will soon be able to travel faster on Interstate 540 between Interstate 40 and Glenwood Avenue, all of N.C. Highway 540, including tolled sections of the Triangle Expressway, and N.C. Highway 147 between N.C. 540 and I-40.

“These roads are among our safest highways and we expect that they will continue to be,” State Traffic Engineer Kevin Lacy said in a statement, noting that DOT engineers studied the three highways before concluding that driving on them at higher speeds would remain safe.

The speed limit was raised to 70 mph along the rest of I-540, from Glenwood Avenue to U.S. Highway 64/264, in February.

A contractor is expected to start installing the new speed limit signs this week, officials said, with the new law taking effect as the signs are installed.

Lawmakers voted down a proposal in June to allow DOT engineers to consider raising speed limits on some highways to 75 mph.

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  • leafreeman Oct 2, 9:29 a.m.

    Yes, I believe it has been proven that people generally drive as fast as they feel safe on any given road or highway. The German autobahn is a good example (also, unless things have changed, German in-country cars are not equipped with cupholders because drinking anything is considered a distraction). But we have at least two problems here: some of our hrighways still require merging to the left lanes to drive onto another highway (and older or more safety minded drivers will get into those lanes ahead of time)and, at ever faster speeds, everyone needs to allow more following space or stopping space, whatever you call it, to reduce the number of rear-end collisions. Why ride a car's tail when you know it will be your fault if you hit them, unless they are going far below the posted speed? Rear-ending puts you, the people in the car ahead of you, and everyone in a vehicle near you in extra danger.

  • Steve Mchugelarge Sep 27, 9:34 a.m.

    THIS IS GOING TO BE A TOTAL DESASTER AND MORE DEATHS ARE GOING TO HAPPEN.......THANK YOU, DOT FOR MAKING OUR ROADS MORE DANGEROUS TO DRIVE ON. PEOPLE ALREADY DRIVE LIKE THEY ARE ON A DRAG STRIP, WHILE DOING GOD KNOWS WHAT BEHIND THE WHEEL BESIDES LOOKING AT THE ROAD........

    delilahk2000

    The fact that you used all caps shows you have no belief in what you are saying and you just raised your voice to sound right. The autobahn in Germany says youre wrong

  • ConservativeVoter Sep 24, 7:16 p.m.

    Another challenge is that on I-440 and I-40 in Wake County, trucks aren't allowed into the far left lanes.

    Same for I-40/I-85 between Greensboro and Durham. The trucks aren't allowed in the two left lanes.

  • think01 Sep 24, 5:17 p.m.

    "How does that law work with highways that have 3 or more lanes in each direction?"

    I believe the law is limited to the far left lane, regardless of how many lanes there are. So "keep right" just means "stay out of the far left lane".

  • ConservativeVoter Sep 24, 4:57 p.m.

    "There is actually a law on the N.C. books that says it is illegal to drive below the speed limit in the left lane. It's a good start, but we really need to change the law to "keep right except to pass" like they have in most other states. It shouldn't matter if you're going 100 mph, if you're not passing anyone, you should not be in the left lane.

    think01"

    How does that law work with highways that have 3 or more lanes in each direction?

  • delilahk2000 Sep 24, 4:53 p.m.

    THIS IS GOING TO BE A TOTAL DESASTER AND MORE DEATHS ARE GOING TO HAPPEN.......THANK YOU, DOT FOR MAKING OUR ROADS MORE DANGEROUS TO DRIVE ON. PEOPLE ALREADY DRIVE LIKE THEY ARE ON A DRAG STRIP, WHILE DOING GOD KNOWS WHAT BEHIND THE WHEEL BESIDES LOOKING AT THE ROAD........

  • think01 Sep 24, 4:18 p.m.

    "Those who drive less than the speed limit in the left lanes should get a ticket just like speeders get."

    There is actually a law on the N.C. books that says it is illegal to drive below the speed limit in the left lane. It's a good start, but we really need to change the law to "keep right except to pass" like they have in most other states. It shouldn't matter if you're going 100 mph, if you're not passing anyone, you should not be in the left lane.

  • ConservativeVoter Sep 24, 3:48 p.m.

    The problem in North Carolina is the slow drivers driving less than the speed limit in the left lanes.

    Their are signs that say slow drivers stay in the right lanes.

    Those who drive less than the speed limit in the left lanes should get a ticket just like speeders get.

    The slow drivers in the left lane are traffic hazaards and should be dealt with accordingly.

  • ConservativeVoter Sep 24, 3:45 p.m.

    In the Nashville, TN area, the interstates have a speed limit of 70 once you leave the downtown areas.

    You see less wrecks and the traffic moves faster in general.

  • ConservativeVoter Sep 24, 3:43 p.m.

    In Georgia, they posts minimum speed limits on interstates. North Carolina needs to adopt this practice.

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