COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Drivers can legally zip along some rural interstate highways more quickly as a new 70 mph speed limit takes effect along some sections of roadway around Ohio.
The change beginning Monday raises the speed limit in some areas from 65 mph to 70 mph.
The Ohio Department of Transportation has said the speed limit is increasing on more than 570 miles of interstate highway. The increase applies to parts of Interstates 70, 71, 75, 76, 77 and 90 (full breakdown below). It doesn't cover sections of those roads in major metropolitan areas and a few smaller cities along the way.
New or updated signs will alert drivers about the higher speed limits.
A 70-mph limit already is in effect for the Ohio Turnpike stretching across the northern part of the state.
• 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