Rep. Peter Breen Advances Legislation to Raise Effective Speed Limit on Almost All Illinois Tollways to 70 m.p.h.

Today, the House Tollway Oversight Committee unanimously approved a bill by State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) to ensure a consistent 70 m.p.h. speed limit on most of the Illinois Tollway System.

HB 2938 would require a consistent speed limit of 70 m.p.h. on all Illinois tollways, with the exception of I-294, which is due for reconstruction. The bill would also require General Assembly permission to go below 70 m.p.h. on those tollways. Through legislation approved in 2014, maximum speed limits in Illinois were raised to 70 m.p.h. on most interstates. According to Breen, the administrative authorities decided not to increase the effective speed limits on most of the tollways. They instead maintained 55-65 m.p.h. speed limits.

“This bill will ensure that our tollway speed limits are consistent across the system at the prevailing rate of 70 m.p.h.,” said Breen. “Folks on the tollways are driving in the range of 70 m.p.h., and numerous studies show that a consistent, realistic speed limit improves roadway safety.”

HB 2938 was approved by a 5-0 vote, and will be given full consideration in the House in the coming weeks. If approved and signed into law, the effective date for HB 2938 would be 12 months after being signed by the Governor.

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