Speed limit to rise on Ohio Turnpike
COLUMBUS — To get more trucks off secondary roads and onto the Ohio Turnpike, a higher speed limit was approved Monday that will legalize travel at 70 mph along the 241-mile toll road for the first time in more than 35 years.
The Turnpike Commission voted 4-1 to raise the speed limit for all vehicles from the current 65 mph, beginning April 1. The move was primarily made in the interest of safety, said George Distel, the turnpike’s executive director.
“We are trying to encourage heavy commercial vehicles off of parallel routes and onto the turnpike,” he said, which is designed to accommodate those trucks.
Communities have been complaining to the commission about the safety of big rigs traveling on local streets, Distel said.
The Ohio Trucking Association submitted a letter to the turnpike commission Monday opposing the speed limit increase and saying its members would rather see lower tolls.