SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Department of Transportation has just completed speed studies on several rural freeway sections and crews installed new 80 mph speed limit signs earlier this week.
The speed limit has been increased to 80 mph in several areas of the state. Those areas are:
- Interstate 80, from the Nevada border to state Route 36
- Interstate 15 between North Leeds and Santaquin (with sections of 75 mph zones through two mountain passes and Cedar City)
- Interstate 15 and Interstate 84 from the Brigham City North Interchange to the Idaho border
The speed limit increase is the result of House Bill 83, passed during the 2013 legislative session, which allowed the department to study and establish speed limits higher than 75 on the interstate.
UDOT’s data from speed studies of existing 80 mph zones showed that vehicle crashes have slightly dropped over the past three years, attributed to more vehicles traveling at the same speeds and less variation in the speed of surrounding vehicles.
Submitted by UDOT
House Bill 83, Speed Limit Amendments, passed the Senate unanimously with 29 yeas. From Southern Utah, Sens. Hinkins, Vickers and Urquhart all voted yea.
The bill passed the House with 69 yeas, 5 not voting, 1 closed. From Southern utah, Reps. Stanard, Last, Westwood, Noel, Snow, and Ipson all voted yea.
Utah Code 41-6a-602 as amended. Note subsection (5): The speed limit is effective when appropriate signs giving notice are erected along the highway or section of the highway.