Minnesota Department of Transportation

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March 3, 2016

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MnDOT to raise speed limit on long stretch of Highway 210 in Carlton, Aitkin Counties

DULUTH, Minn. —The Minnesota Department of Transportation will raise the speed limit from 55 mph to 60 mph on Highway 210 in Carlton and Aitkin Counties sometime late next week. The speed limit will increase from the junction of Highway 169 to Interstate 35.

The speed limit through McGregor and other towns throughout the corridor will remain as posted.

The speed limit will remain at 55 mph until the new 60 mph signs are installed. The signing project is weather dependent and may be postponed in the event of bad weather. 

MnDOT has been evaluating the 55 mph speed limit on all two-lane state highways in the state as part of a legislative mandate to look at the speed limits and make recommendations about increasing the speed to 60 mph.

Not all roads studied will be approved for an increase. The increases are based on a traffic and engineering investigation of each location, which includes looking at past crash rates, physical attributes of the highway such as shoulder widths and access points, and what speed drivers are currently driving.

After study of the Hwy 210 corridor traffic engineers decided it should be raised. Much of Hwy 210 west of the junction of Hwy 169 and Hwy 210 have already increased to 60 mph.

Of all the roads studied in Minnesota in 2014 and 2015, 1,190 miles were raised to 60 miles per hour and 305 miles remained at 55.

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