Speed Limit Changes Coming To (And Needed In) Georgia

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This September, the Georgia DOT will be adding the first variable speed limit (VSL) signs to all of I-285 north of I-20 (a.k.a. “Top End”). Here is a video GDOT produced to explain the new VSLs…

According to the GDOT VSL “fact sheet”, the non-peak maximum speed limit will be 65 MPH (105 km/h). To regulate traffic flow, speeds can be adjusted in 10 MPH increments, varying the speed limit to as low as 35 MPH (55 km/h) during peak rush hour traffic.

As a frequent user of the “Top End” for my daily commute,  I’m glad to see that the speed limit on the “Top End” will be as high as 65 MPH. However, as for how the VSL will help traffic flow during rush hour, I’m taking a “wait-and-see” attitude on this. Nonetheless, I’m looking forward to seeing the new VSL on I-285.

Speaking of speed limits, in Canada’s British Columbia province, their transportation ministry recently announced speed limit increases on several of the province’s major highways, according to this video from Global News…

While watching the above video, I couldn’t help but think about certain stretches of rural Georgia Interstate highways that possibly could support a maximum speed limit of 75 MPH (120 km/h). Here are my suggested stretches…

  • Interstate 16 from Twiggs County (just east of Macon) to I-95 in Chatham County.
  • Interstate 20 from just east of Covington to the Augusta-Richmond County line.
  • Interstate 185 from I-85 in Troup County to the Muscogee County line.

If anyone from GDOT is reading this post, then I would urge that studies be done on each of the above sections. If the road conditions could indeed support 75 MPH speed limits, then urge the Georgia General Assembly to amend Georgia Code 40-6-181 (b)(2) to read as follows…

Seventy-five miles per hour on a highway on the federal interstate system and on physically divided highways with full control of access which are outside of an urbanized area of 50,000 population or more, provided that such speed limit is designated by appropriate signs;”

What are your thoughts on Georgia’s speed limits and where do you think they are either too low or too high? Please feel free to share your thoughts either by replying to this blog on our our Facebook or Twitter pages.

That’s it for now. Have a happy and safe 4th of July weekend, thanks for reading, and please come back often.

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One thought on “Speed Limit Changes Coming To (And Needed In) Georgia

  1. Stephen

    I’m glad to know that about I-285 north of Atlanta. I’m pretty satisfied with the maximum of 70 on rural interstates, although I don’t think introducing a speed limit of 75 would be bad or anything. I think on most of Georgia’s rural interstates are safe to drive at 80-85 in good conditions.
    A few of Georgia’s rural highways could use some adjustments, especially recently widened four-lane GRIP corridors in rural areas. For instance, US 1 from I-16 to Wadley is now four lanes, divided, and is adjacent to very few residences and businesses and has very little traffic, yet is still posted at 55. This 33-mile segment is very miserable to drive that slowly on when I’m heading up to north Georgia, and would definitely be just as safe if it were upgraded to a 65 zone. A few other examples like this are US 129 from Athens to I-85, US 78 from Athens to Monroe, and US 441 from Athens to I-85.

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