65 Too Slow? Try 70 Miles Per Hour: GDOT Increases Speed Limits In Metro Atlanta | WABE 90.1 FM

65 Too Slow? Try 70 Miles Per Hour: GDOT Increases Speed Limits In Metro Atlanta

Jan 21, 2015

Speed limits are increasing on sections of some major roads and interstates in metro Atlanta.

Last year, state lawmakers set the maximum highway speed limit in urban areas to 70 miles per hour.

Last year, state lawmakers set the maximum highway speed limit in urban areas to 70 miles per hour.
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So the Georgia Department of Transportation spent months studying where it could safely increase the speed limits. 

“We’re really just bringing these speed limits in harmony with what motorists are doing and so we’re really helping them out in the long run," says GDOT spokeswoman Natalie Dale. "Hopefully less speeding tickets for them.”

Seven counties in metro-Atlanta will see the speed limit increase by the end of this month to either 65 or 70 miles per hour on certain stretches of I-85, I-75, I-20 and Georgia 400 in:  

Last year, GDOT raised the speed limit on parts of I-285 to 65 miles per hour.

You can view the full list of upcoming speed limit changes for Fulton County here. We made tables of the changes in the six other counties below: 

In Dekalb County, speed limits will be increased to 65 and 70 miles per hour.
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Cobb County will see an increase in speed limits to 65 miles per hour along parts of I-75 and I-20.
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GDOT will increase speed limits in Clayton County.
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The speed limit in Gwinnett County will increase to 70 miles per hour in Suwanee and other parts of the county.
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GDOT is increasing the speed limit in parts of Rockdale County.
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GDOT is increasing speed limits in Douglas County to 70 miles per hour.
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