New 60 mph speed limit to go into effect on Hwy 247 to Plainview
PLAINVIEW, Minn. — Motorists using Highway 247 from Highway 63 to Plainview in Olmsted and Wabasha counties will see speed limits raised to 60 mph where the previous posted limit was 55 mph on the two-lane roadway, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
The reduced speed zone in Potsdam in Olmsted County will not be increased as part of the changes on this 12-mile stretch of state highway. The speed limits become official once the new signs are in place. Crews expect to post the signs later this week, weather permitting.
The speed limit changes come after MnDOT’s study of each highway segment, which includes: access points, shoulder width, roadway alignment, assessment of roadside hazards, crash rates and history, and an analysis of motorist speeds.
“A properly selected speed limit can increase the safety of the roadway by reducing the variation in actual vehicle operating speeds, and by setting realistic driver expectations for motorists trying to cross or enter a roadway,” said Chad Hanson, traffic engineer for MnDOT District 6, in southeast Minnesota.
Additional highways in southeastern Minnesota are expected to be posted 60 mph. Not all highway segments will be raised to 60 mph. Only segments where the criteria are met will be raised to 60 mph. Highways that have been increased to 60 mph include Highway 13 north of I-90; Highway 30 from New Richland to Chatfield; Highway 56 from north of Stanton to the Iowa border; and Highway 60 west of I-35 to Zumbro Falls.
In 2014, the Minnesota Legislature directed MnDOT to evaluate its two-lane, two-way 55 mph highways to determine whether speed limits could reasonably and safely be increased on its 55 mph, two-lane segments. The statewide study will end in 2019.
Motorists might see MnDOT sign crews posting the signs along the highways now or later this season as other roadways become approved for the new 60 mph speed limit. MnDOT urges motorists to always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.
To learn about MnDOT construction and other activities in southeast Minnesota, join the MnDOT Southeast Minnesota Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/MnDOTsoutheast/.