Wyoming motorists with a lead foot may be happy about the speed limit increase to 80 mph, but they cannot be in too much of a hurry until new signage is posted on the affected interstates.
" Follow whatever the speed limit says, so if it still says 75 mph please continue to drive 75 until you see that 80 mph limit go up," WYDOT Public Relations Specialist Ronda Holwell said.
July 1st, WYDOT crews began replacing the signs on three sections of the interstate. The new speed limit will affect certain sections on I-90, I-80 and I-25.
Wyoming Highway Patrol Captain Carl Clements says that 300 miles of the 500 miles in the Sheridan area will become 80 mph. Highway Patrol emphasis that safety will continue to be a priority and that all speed limits will be strictly enforced.
"1-4 miles per hour over the speed limit, troopers may issue a citations. 5 miles and above, troopers should issue a citation," Clements said.
Regardless of the emphasis on the speed limit, it is important to stay aware of your surroundings on the road. Clements says it's safe to drive 80 mph but it is important to always drive defensively and be aware of the condition of your car and the roads.
WYDOT is considering increasing the speed limit in another section of the interstate.
"One of the places we're looking at on I-90 is the little leg that we have dropped down at 75. We're going to continue to study that near this area and the South Dakota area," Holwell said.