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Speed limits on several Central and Eastern Oregon roads will increase on March 1.

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on February 26, 2016 1:51PM

Last changed on February 26, 2016 3:12PM

Effective March 1, 2016, speed limits on some roadways in Central and Eastern Oregon will increase.

Effective March 1, 2016, speed limits on some roadways in Central and Eastern Oregon will increase.


SALEM — Motorists traveling on some state highways in Central and Eastern Oregon will see increased speeds effective March 1

Oregon House Bill 3402, enacted by the 2015 legislation raises the speed limit on Interstate 84 and some other routes east of the Cascades.

Legal speeds on I-84 between the Idaho border and The Dalles will increase to 70 mph for passenger vehicles and 65 mph for commercial trucks. These same speed limits will apply for U.S. 95 that runs through southeast Oregon between the Nevada and Idaho borders.

The section of I-84 west of The Dalles will remain at the current speed limit of 65 mph for passenger vehicles and 55 mph for commercial trucks.

Speed limits will increase to 65 mph for passenger vehicles and 60 mph for trucks on sections of eight other roadways. These include portions of U.S. highways 20, 26, 97, 197 and 395, and Oregon state routes 31, 78 and 205. For other state and U.S. routes, the speed limit will continue to be 55 mph for all vehicles, unless posted otherwise.

The new speed limits will more closely match those of neighboring states.

For more information, including a map showing the specific highway segments that will see the changes, a copy of HB 3402, update news and information, plus links to related photos and video, visit www.tinyurl.com/OR-speed2016 .



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