Speed limit on I-15 now 70 mph from Spanish Fork to Ogden

Posted at 10:10 PM, Dec 07, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-09 00:14:32-05

SALT LAKE CITY - Drivers on I-15 will now see new speed limit signs.

The Utah Department of Transportation is raising the speed limit from 65 to 70 miles per hour between Spanish Fork and Ogden.

UDOT conducted a study last year, which determined several stretches of Utah roads could handle increases in speed.

Earlier in 2014, speed limits were raised to as high as 80 miles per hour in some rural areas.

"We're very confident in the engineering and the safety studies we've conducted," UDOT's John Gleason said.

Many drivers tell FOX 13 News the speed limit changes along the Wasatch Front are just fine, if not overdue.

"If you run the speed limit, everybody just passes you anyway," Richard Boyd said. 

The Utah Highway Patrol said it doesn't foresee any problems.

"I don't think business will change much for us at all," Sgt. Nathan Croft said. "Just because the speed limit is 70 miles per hour doesn't mean you have to go 70 miles per hour, you can go below that, if it's safe to do that."

UDOT officials started changing the speed limit signs Monday.

Speed limits along I-215 and stretches of I-80 in the Salt Lake Valley will also see speed limit increases from 65 to 70 miles per hour.

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