Many Minnesotans will likely be heading to the cabin or lake this weekend. And as they drive, the speed limit will be 55 mph in some areas, 65 mph and maybe even 70 in others. Kevin Gutknecht is the communications director for the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
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On more of Minnesota’s two-lane state highways, motorists could soon be free to drive above 55 — legally. As part of an expansive budget bill signed into law last week, state lawmakers nudged transportation officials to boost the speed limit to 60 miles per hour on lane miles where it can “reasonably and safely” be done.
Traveling across parts of Minnesota just got a little faster. The Department of Transportation raised the speed limit from 55 to 60 Tuesday on 730-miles of road around the state.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation says it’s raising the posted speed limit from 55 miles per hour to 60 along three highways in greater Minnesota. New signs reflecting the higher limits began going up on Monday.
Speed limits have been around in Minnesota since 1881. Back then, a streetcar in Duluth couldn’t go above 6 miles per hour. It wasn’t until 1937 the state statutes as we know them today are written.