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Tollway takes another step toward 70 mph

Updated: November 26, 2013 6:29AM

Illinois Tollway officials Thursday moved one step closer to a 70 mph Illinois speed limit for three rural tollway areas including a 64-mile segment on the Reagan Memorial Tollway west of Route 47.

In addition, the tollway board of directors approved a plan to increase the minimum speed limit from 45 mph to 55 mph where the speed limit is 65 mph or will become 70 mph.

Under a proposal approved Thursday, 70 mph speed limits would begin as early as January 2014 for:

A 64-mile segment of the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88), starting near the western edge of Kane County and moving west to Sterling. The speed limit on 8 miles in Kane County would remain at 55 for trucks weighing more than 4 tons.

A 6-mile segment of the Tri-State Tollway (I-94/I-294/I-80) in Lake County near the Wisconsin border, pending a speed limit increase on Interstate 94 in Wisconsin. Trucks weighing more than 4 tons would still be limited to 55 mph.

A 15-mile segment of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) west of the Interstate 39 interchange in Winnebago County.

The proposal must still be approved by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules and the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The action follows a change in state law signed by Gov. Pat Quinn that increases the maximum speed allowed on state roads from 65 mph to 70 mph, beginning Jan. 1, 2014.

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