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Starting August 11th, a select section of Interstate 80 will move from 65 to 70 miles per hour. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has begun this experiment as a pilot program for the use of data collection. The effects of this change and the statistics that accompany it will be used in considering whether or not to make like changes to other roadways currently limited to 65 miles per hour.
The affected area of roadway is between Exit 101 (DuBois Mall) and mile marker 189 in Clinton County. Those traveling west when leaving from either DuBois exit will have to wait to hurry up.
Over 100 miles of roadway is affected and I-380, in addition to the aforementioned parts of I-80, is also experiencing a new high speed. Changes, if successful, elsewhere in the state may take place as soon as next year. "The sections of highway were selected because they provide a blend of urban and rural environments that will allow engineers to study the varying effects of the increased speed limits on crash history and work zones," said Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch (DuBois native).
The question of safety is being hotly debated on our Facebook group and other social media arms of our website. The new implementation and affected motorists also have some asking the question, "Are we guinea pigs?"
Use the comments section below to weigh in with your opinions on this upcoming change.