Effort rekindled to end split speed limit in Illinois


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For the third time in recent years, legislation offered in Illinois calls for bringing an end to split speed limits on the state’s interstate highways.

Rep. Robert Flider, D-Decatur, and Sen. John Sullivan, D-Rushville, have taken up the battle to eliminate the provision that set up slower speed limits on rural interstates for vehicles weighing more than 8,000 pounds.

Currently, those vehicles are required to travel 10 mph below the 65 mph speed limit for other vehicles. If approved, the new rule would clear all vehicles to drive 65 mph.

Flider’s bill – HB1786 – and Sullivan’s bill – SB540 – would allow the Illinois Department of Transportation to increase large truck speeds to as much as 65 mph.

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