News From Terre Haute, Indiana

December 31, 2013

Illinois makes hundreds of 70 mph speed limit signs

Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — About 900 new signs will go up next month along Illinois interstates, including I-70 from Terre Haute to east of St. Louis, increasing the speed limit to 70 mph.

The Illinois Department of Transportation says the signs were made with recycled materials at the agency’s Central Sign Shop in Springfield. The signs have been distributed statewide. And they’ll be installed between Jan. 2 and Jan. 17.

The new law increasing the top speed limit to 70 mph goes into effect Jan. 1.

Transportation officials say it cost about $200,000 to make the new 70 mph signs.

It cost about $18,000 to make new signs for the Illinois Tollway. Those signs will go up between Jan. 7 and Jan. 14 in the Chicago area.