ST. PAUL (TEC News), October 22 – The posted speed limit was raised on Highways 75, 59 and 7 in western Minnesota to 60 mph. MnDOT traffic engineers found that a large stretch of these highways met the necessary criteria. Installation of the signs began yesterday.
“We did a careful and thorough study, looking at crash history, the way the roads are designed and what speed the traffic is actually traveling on the road,” said Sue Groth, MnDOT’s state traffic engineer. “Sixty miles per hour was determined to be the safe and reasonable speed limits for these roadways.”
Highway 75 enters Minnesota south of Luverne and runs through Pipestone, Canby and Breckenridge and is the main north–south route through Moorhead. It ends at the Canadian border north of Noyes.Highway 59 enters Minnesota south of Worthington and overlaps Interstate 94 near Fergus Falls. The route passes through Detroit Lakes and Thief River Falls before ending at the Canadian border north of Lake Bronson State Park and Lancaster. Two segments of Highway 59 will remain posted at 55 mph between Clarkfield and Marshall and south of I-90 because of different roadway characteristics, including narrower shoulders and reduced sight lines. Current speed zones through towns on both roadways will remain unchanged. In addition, MnDOT will raise the speed limit on the 14-mile segment of Highway 7 that runs between Highway 75 (near Odessa) and Highway 59 (near Appleton).