Drivers have mixed feelings about lowering I-70 speed limit

2 years 1 month 1 week ago January 08, 2015 Jan 8, 2015 Thursday, January 08 2015 Thursday, January 08, 2015 2:17:00 PM CST in News
By: Kelly Skehen, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA - Drivers have one week until the speed limit on Interstate 70 east of Columbia drops from 70 mph to 60 mph. 

The change will be on I-70 from east of the Route 63 connector to east of the Lake of the Woods and St. Charles Road interchange.

This is the last portion of I-70 through Columbia to get the slow down.  The speed limit on I-70 west through Columbia is already 60 mph. The speed limit is also 60 mph on I-70 east just east of the U.S. Highway 63 and I-70 interchange. 

MoDOT's John Schaefer said after looking at crash data from the past five years, MoDOT decided the lower speed limit would make travel safer for drivers. He said there have been four fatal crashes in the speed reduction zone over the past five years. 

Schaefer does not think lowering the speed limit will impact travel times or traffic flow.

Columbia residents living near the I-70 and U.S. Highway 63 interchange hope the speed limit change will make the area less congested. 

Other drivers said the speed limit decrease will be an annoyance and slow them down. 

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