Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

July 20, 2017

Speed limits to increase on four Northeastern Minnesota highways

DULUTH, Minn. — The speed limits on four highways in Northeast Minnesota will increase from 55 to 60 mph within the next two or three weeks. The new speed limits take effect when the new signs are posted.

Highways where the speed limit increase will occur include:

Aitkin County
Highway 200 from Highway 169 to Highway 2

Aitkin/Carlton County
Highway 27 from Highway 65 to Interstate 35

St. Louis County
Highway 194 from Highway 2 to Solway Road

Pine County
Highway 123 from the south junction with Highway 23 to the north junction with Highway 23

The speed increases are based on a traffic and engineering study of each location, which looked at past crash rates, physical attributes of the highway (such as shoulder widths and access points), and an analysis of current driving speeds.

In 2014, the Minnesota Legislature directed MnDOT to evaluate its two-lane, two-way 55 mph highways to determine whether speed limits could be reasonably and safely increased. The statewide study will end in 2019.

For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.

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