Virginia will post 70 mph speed limits on 61 percent of the state’s rural Interstates by Dec. 31.
In March, Gov. Bob McDonnell, who had campaigned for the change, signed two bills into law to hike speeds from 65 to 70 mph on 680 miles of Interstate, following a traffic engineering study. Virginia’s transportation department cautioned drivers to adhere to the posted speed.
Additional safety improvements will include installation or upgrade of guardrail, rumble strips and additional signage.
View a listing of road segments here.
Affected tractors are equipped with an automated Eaton UltraShift Plus or Eaton Advantage Transmission with right hand stalk shifter. In the affected trucks, the display on the instrument panel can indicate “N” when the shifter is set into “D” or “R,” causing the truck not to move.