Montana to Increase Speed Limits on Some Highways to 80 MPH

MDT will install new speed limits starting Oct. 1

By Justin Franz

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Montana residents are preparing for quicker commutes as speed limits on some interstate highways will increase from 75 mph to 80 mph.

The Great Falls Tribune reports that on Oct. 1 Montana Department of Transportation crew members will either replace or install 370 80 mph traffic signs along Interstates 15, 90 and 94. The speed will still be 75 mph in urban areas.

According to a legislative fiscal report, the cost for making the change is estimated at $264,758.

Though the new law allows for drivers to go a little faster, it also makes speeding more costly. Fines for exceeding the speed limit will be raised from a maximum of $100 to $200. The fines are expected to bring in an additional $95,000 in revenue every year.

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