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Speed limit to increase on I-540

Posted February 8, 2013

— The state Department of Transportation said Friday that it plans to increase the speed limit on a section of Interstate 540 in Raleigh to 70 mph.

The speed limit will go up between U.S. Highway 70 and U.S. Highway 64/264 in the next week or so as signs are changed, the DOT said. The speed limit on the section of I-540 between Interstate 40 and U.S. 70 will remain 65 mph.

The move was based on a review of current speeds, crash data and road characteristics, such as lane and shoulder widths along I-540, officials said.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Feb 15, 2013

    Thank you, mpheels!! :-)

    It’s illegal to drive ABOVE the posted limit in the left lane.

    It’s illegal to drive below the posted limit in the left lane.

    It’s perfectly legal to go the limit in the left lane.**

    **This may enrage a law-breaking driver behind you, who thinks he has some sort of special right to break the law and also force you to change your (legal) driving habits. He’s the type to call the police to arrest someone for stealing his illegal drugs. It’s textbook hypocrisy and trying to reason with this type of person is difficult.

  • oleguy Feb 13, 2013

    Saw the signs going up yesterday,, 70 MPH

  • Capt Mercury Feb 12, 2013

    Now can somebody do something about the ridiculous 55 mph speed limit on the western end of the Durham Freeway?

    If anyone did actually travel 55 mph, they would cause an accident. The limit must be there to make unsuspecting motorists fund the local government (and insurance companies).

  • flyguync Feb 11, 2013

    Wait, I thought the speed limit on 540 was already about 80 ;)

  • mpheels Feb 11, 2013

    It is against the law to drive below the posted limit in the left lane. It is also against the law to drive ABOVE the posted limit in the left lane. It is perfectly legal to go the limit in the left lane, though it probably isn't a good idea in traffic or if there is a faster car approaching. As a general rule for myself, I stay in the right lane (or center if there are a lot of people entering/exiting), and only use the left lane to pass a slower vehicle. If I see a vehicle approaching quickly in the left lane and I know I won't complete my passing maneuver before they get there, I just wait and let them pass first.

  • marciamal1 Feb 11, 2013

    i hope everyone obeys the law when the speed limit reads 70 mph - i've run into a few nuts on the road that think it's a speedway -

  • markjb33 Feb 11, 2013

    Speed limit in that section? Hmmm, I get on at Capital and there is no way to do 65, let alone 70. And as often is the case, it slows down for no apparent reason. I know it is volume, but does it really have to slow to "stop and go" as was the case this morning? Doubtful

  • Rebelyell55 Feb 11, 2013

    Just realized that there been no reports on stopping the use of cell phone while driving yet. I guess that's one that's gone for awhile.

  • Rebelyell55 Feb 11, 2013

    Maybe it's me, but I sure have come up on cars going "slow" in the left lane, people passing on the right lane, and once you're up beside the slower car, yep you guessed it, a cell phone stuck to their ear.

  • IPayYouPay Feb 11, 2013

    Why stop at 70. I was on 540 yesterday 2/10/13 going 70 and people were flying by me - had to be going 90. Too dangerous for me. I won't use it. Oh, btw, how's that toll road going for ya!