Madison (WQOW) - The announcement that 70 mph speed limits will start taking effect in June has many Wisconsinites wondering 'what's that going to cost?'
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation and they said it will cost $134,000 to make and install the signs. They also said the signs were not in this year's budget, so they are unsure how they're going to pay for the project.
Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that allows state transportation officials to raise the speed limit to 70 mph on some Wisconsin roads
Walker signed the measure Wednesday. It passed the Senate and Assembly on voice votes earlier this year.
Under the law, the Department of Transportation can raise the speed limit to 70 mph only on four-lane roads that have entrance and exit ramps. They can't raise the limit on roads with at-grade access.
DOT officials say they plan to raise the limit on freeway portions of the interstate system as well as portions of U.S. Highway 51, U.S. Highway 53 and U.S. Highway 41. The measure's chief sponsor, Rep. Paul Tittl, has said the agency expects to have new signage posted this summer.
There are two stretches of interstate in the area fall under the new speed limits. They are:
-63-mile stretch from I-39/90/94 in Columbia County to I-90 in Monroe County
-37-mile section from I-94 in Monroe County to US 53 in La Crosse County
-77-mile segment from I-90 in Monroe County to US 53 in Eau Claire County
The new speed limits aren't officially in place until the DOT posts the new signs for the higher speeds.
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