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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?'

News 18 reached out to 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. 

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Madison (WQOW) - Governor Scott Walker signed a bill allowing the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to oversee the installation of nearly 470 new speed limit and related signs along 726 miles of rural highways in Wisconsin.

The 70 mph speed limit will not take effect until the highway signs are posted at the higher speed. The WisDOT is asking drivers to be alert and slow down as crews install the new signs next month. 

"The safety of all travelers and roadside workers remains our department's top priority," WisDOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb said. "Our interstates have an outstanding safety record, but only when motorists do their part by traveling at the appropriate speed, buckling up, driving sober and staying alert."

According to WisDOT, along with rural interstates, the recently approved state legislation provides them the opportunity to increase the speed limit to 70 mph along certain multi-lane highways with access limited to interchanges. 

In 1949, Wisconsin law specified a 65 mph speed limit during daylight hours, 55 mph at night and 45 mph for trucks. Less than three decades later, as an energy conservation measure, the U.S. Congress adopted a national maximum speed limit of 55 mph, and by 1996 Wisconsin law certain freeways, expressways and rural interstates posted a 65 mph speed limit.  

Interested in knowing where the 70 mph changes are taking effect? Click here

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - 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.

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