Breen Receives Wide Bipartisan Support on Bill to Raise Effective Speed Limits on Illinois Tollways to 70 m.p.h.

Today in Springfield, State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) passed bipartisan legislation that would raise the effective speed limit for automobiles on Illinois Tollways to a consistent speed of 70 miles per hour. For I-294, which is due for full reconstruction, the speed limit would remain at 60 m.p.h. until after that work is complete.

The General Assembly in 2014 took action to raise the maximum potential speed limit on most interstates to 70 m.p.h. However, the administrative officials charged with implementation of the 2014 laws decided not raise the effective limits on many parts of the tollway system, instead maintaining 55-65 speed limits.

“Consistent, realistic speed limits improve safety on our roadways,” said Breen. “Studies show that most folks drive at the speed they believe is safe, whatever the posted limits. Motorists are already driving on these roadways in the range of 70 m.p.h., and the consistency provided through HB 2938 will allow for a more steady, safe flow of traffic on our tollways.”

While maintaining the ability of the Tollway Authority to adjust speed limits, HB 2938 adds a requirement of General Assembly approval for any reduction in speed limits, along with ensuring that truck speed limits do not fall more than 10 miles per hour below car speed limits.

The House vote on HB 2938 was 109-5. If approved in the Senate and signed by the Governor, the provisions of Breen’s bill would take effect 12 months after the bill’s effective date.

To hear Breen speak in greater detail about the bill, click here.

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