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Utah ups speed limit to 80 MPH on some highways

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that the speed limit has been increased to 80 mph in several areas of the state.

Following recently completed speed studies on several rural freeway sections, UDOT crews installed new 80 mph speed limit signs this week on I-80 from the Nevada border to state Route 36; I-15 between north Leeds and Santaquin, with sections of 75 mph zones through two mountain passes and Cedar City; and I-15 and I-84 from the Brigham City north interchange to the Idaho border.

"We had to look at geometry and speed ... speed-related crashes, just to see if it made sense," said John Gleason of UDOT. "And in these designated areas ... 80 miles per hour is the optimal speed."

UDOT stated that the speed limit increase was the result of HB83, passed during the 2013 Legislature, which allowed the department to study and establish speed limits higher than 75 mph on interstates.

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.

 

Trips to SLC and Colorado are going to be a bit quicker.


Edited by Philpug - 9/17/13 at 8:12pm
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I must have been driving in the testing zones when I visited my daughter in Utah in August 2009, because that was the speed limit then? I remember calling my husband and telling him about it, since I was using his truck. And him having a fit.
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Man, Utah just really, REALLY wants me to move there.

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It's about time they started setting speed limits based on rational considerations rather than the unsupported opinions of the fraidy cat safety weenies, and the revenue needs of local government. 

This won't make much difference for me unless they raise the limits between the airport and Cottonwood, but I hope it is a trend. 

 

BK

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Trips to SLC and Colorado are going to be a bit quicker.

Probably not, but you won't have to worry so much about speeding tickets.

 

BK

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Now we just need Idaho to do the same, know what I'm saying Phil?

 

Seriously, who the hell gets a speeding ticket while in the right lane behind a bus?

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I've driven on posted 80mph areas in Utah and I don't think the reduction in crashes is due so much to less speed variation but to fewer distracted drivers.  When you are doing 80+ you have both hands on the wheel.   I didn't see anyone eating a burger, reading a book, texting or putting on makeup.

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