New signs should be posted by July 1st.
The Ohio Department of Transportation has unveiled a map identifying interstate highway locations where motorists will be legally permitted to drive 70 miles per hour beginning this summer.
The change comes after recently passed legislation permitting speeds to increase from 65 to 70 mph on certain sections of interstate highways. H.B. 51 - the state’s transportation budget bill, which goes into effect on July 1, 2013 - increased speeds to 70 miles per hour on interstates that are "outside urbanized areas."
ODOT is making 317 new signs at a total cost of $8,287.19. The signs are expected to be in place and revealed on July 1. Eight are "Reduced Speed Ahead" signs, 48 are brand new speed limit signs, and 261 are sign pieces that will simply overlay the current 65 number with the new speed limit.
The new law increases the speed on 570 miles out of 1,332 miles of interstate highways in Ohio.
The speed limit increases on Interstate 70 from the Indiana border to just outside of Wheeling, WV in the east, excluding Dayton, Columbus and Zanesville. On Interstate 71 the speed bumps up from the Jeremiah Morrow Bridge in Warren County to just south of the border of the Cuyahoga/Medina County line, excluding Columbus. Interstate 75 will see 70 mph speed limits from just outside of Toledo going south until just north of Dayton, excluding Findlay and Lima. Interstate 76 between Akron and Youngstown, Interstate 77 from just outside of Canton south to the West Virginia border, and Interstate 90 from just outside of Cleveland to the Pennsylvania border are also included.
The 70 mph speed limit has been in place on all 241 miles of the Ohio Turnpike. 34 other states in the nation have some posted speed limits of 70 miles per hour or higher including neighboring states of Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky and West Virginia.