Speed limit to rise on Ohio Turn­pike

Dayton Daily News - - OPINION - By Doug White­man As­so­ci­ated Press

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.

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