COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Department of Transportation has determined where in the state drivers will be allowed to legally go 70 mph on the highway.
A bill increasing the speed limit on certain sections of highway from 65 to 70 mph goes into effect on July 1.
Turnpike drivers are already permitted to travel 70 mph. Thirty-four other states, including Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky and West Virginia, already have posted 70 mph speed limits or higher.
The new 70 mph zones will encompass 570 miles out of 1,332 miles of interstate highways in Ohio.
Here are the areas where the speed limit will be increasing. (See attached PDF map. Note: New speed zones denoted in red.)
• From just outside of Canton south to the West Virginia border
• From just outside of Cleveland to the Pennsylvania border
• From the Jeremiah Morrow Bridge in southwest Ohio to just south of the border of the Cuyahoga/Medina County line in the north, excluding Columbus
• From just outside Akron going east to just west of Youngstown
• From the Indiana border in the west to just outside of Wheeling, WV in the east, excluding Dayton, Columbus and Zanesville
• From just outside of Toledo going south until just north of Dayton, excluding Findlay and Lima