Arkansas drivers could soon be driving faster, if new speed-limit recommendations are approved.
The legislature has approved increasing the limit from 70 mph to 75 mph on interstates and left open the possibility of increasing limits on other highways – if it can be done safely.
The Arkansas Department of Transportation has completed a study that recommends increasing speed limits on interstates and highways throughout the state.
The ADOT study recommends the following limits:
- Rural interstates – 75 mph, up from 70 mph.
- Urban interstates – 65 mph, up from 60 mph.
- Rural multi-lane highways – 65 mph, unless an engineering study determines the need for a lower speed limit. This is up from 55 to 65 mph, depending on the highway.
- Other rural highways – keep 55 mph, with the option to increase to 60 mph on highways where an engineering study determines a higher speed limit is warranted.
The state has begun a 45-day comment period on the study. The comment period ends December 13.