New Illinois truck speed limits effective Jan. 1

Trucks will be allowed to travel 65 mph on a number of four-lane non-Interstate highways in Illinois beginning Jan. 1 under state Senate bill 1913

Trucks will be allowed to travel 65 mph on a number of four-lane non-Interstate highways in Illinois beginning Jan. 1 under state Senate bill 1913.

Among roads affected by the change are a number of four-lane stretches of U.S. 51 between Bloomington and Centralia. The speed limit would decrease near Clinton, Decatur, Elwin and Assumption, and increase to 65 mph in more rural areas; Illinois 92, from Seventh Avenue in Rock Island to Interstate 280; parts of Illinois 13, from Illinois 166 east of Marion to Harrisburg, and a three-mile stretch of U.S. 45, south of Eldorado.

Truckers should take caution and not increase speeds until the proper signage is in place on highways. “The existing 55 mph signage for large trucks will be removed as soon after Jan. 1 as weather permits,” according to Illinois Dept. of Transportation spokesman Josh Kauffman.

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