by Kyle Swenson
Updated: It's official. The Ohio Turnpike Commission voted to bump the speed limit on the toll road up to 70 mph, a change that goes into effect on April 1, 2011.
Vaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrroooooooooommmmmmmm. Obnoxiously rev those V6s, road hogs and speed freaks. The Ohio Turnpike Commission is considering a proposal that would jack up the speed limit on the cross-state toll road to 70 mph. The increase isn’t just to raise the rubber-per-square foot burned on the 241-mile highway or further embarrass those of us with mid-90s Saturns that can’t get over 65 mph in one piece. It’s all about the economy, stupid.
Bumping the speed limit 5 mph on April 1 would draw truckers off non-toll routes like Ohio 2 and U.S. 20, making them safer, [Commission Chairman Joseph] Balog said Monday.
And it would help Ohio's commerce.
"If we can move the freight across the state a little quicker, it certainly goes ahead and helps the local economy," Balog said.
Of course, there are the haters to consider. The Ohio Motorists Association didn’t know about the proposal until the PD called them up for comment. They say they want to see the fine print before signing off on the idea.