Raising Arkansas Speed Limits

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (News release) – A draft copy of the Arkansas Department of Transportation’s (ARDOT) 2017 Speed Limit Review to determine the feasibility of increasing the speed limits on state highways is now available for review and comment, according to agency officials.

Since the repeal of the National Maximum Speed Law in 1995, the authority to establish speed limits on state highway systems has rested with each of the individual states.

The Department conducted an engineering and traffic investigation to determine the feasibility of increasing speed limits after passage of Act 1097 to “Amend the Law Concerning Speed Limits” by the 91st General Assembly of the Arkansas State Legislature earlier this year. 
 
At an Oct. 18 meeting, the Arkansas Highway Commission passed a minute order accepting the draft study and is now publishing it for public comment for a 45-day period. 

The investigation reviewed four groups of highways, and recommends the following speed limits:

  • Rural Interstates – 75 miles per hour (mph)
  • Urban Interstates – 65 mph
  • Rural Multi-Lane Highways – 65 mph, unless an engineering study determines the need for a lower speed limit.
  • Other Rural Highways – 55 mph, with the option to increase the speed limit to 60 mph on individual highways where an engineering study determines that a higher speed limit is warranted.

Click here to read the draft Speed Limit Review and to access a comment form.

The study will remain available for public comment until Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017.


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