Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 22 NO. 2  -  February 2019

Speed limits to go up on some area roads


Each road segment was studied for existing travel speeds, crash history, hazards and roadway geometrics such as shoulder width and grades, according to a MnDOT news release. About 77 percent of the studies concluded that the highway speed could be raised safely.

“It is important to remember that raising a posted speed limit is not inherently making a road ‘less safe,’” said the report, Evaluation of Certain Trunk Highway Speed Limits (January 2019). “A properly selected speed limit can increase the safety of the roadway by creating uniform travel speeds for all vehicles and by setting realistic driver expectations of those trying to cross or enter the roadway.” The report can be found at www.dot.state.mn.us, click on News Releases, five year study and follow the link to the report.

Speed limits on the following local roads have been increased from 55 to 60 mph:

2018 study year:
    MN1: Northome to MN6; MN6 to Effie; Effie to Itasca CR533 (44 miles)
    MN6: Deer River to MN1 (19 miles) 37
    MN38: Grand Rapids to Itasca CSAH19 (11 miles)
    MN72: MN1 to Kelliher; Kelliher to Washkish (20 miles)

2017 study year:
    MN286: Talmoon to Marcell (4 miles)

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