UPDATE: 70 mph speed limit signs going up in Wisconsin

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UPDATED: Monday, June 15, 2015 --- 10:20 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- New 70 mph speed limit signs are being posted this week on interstates and highways in Wisconsin this week.

The state Department of Transportation said Monday that crews will start installing about 470 updated speed limit signs on Tuesday.

About 810 miles of Wisconsin interstates and highways will have speed limits increased to 70 mph from the current 65 mph. The DOT says drivers can start accelerating on designated roads once the signs are posted. All signs are expected to be in place Wednesday.

A DOT spokesman said more freeway segments could be signed for 70 mph speeds in the future.

Gov. Scott Walker signed into law last month the measure that allows the DOT to decide which highways can post increased speeds.

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UPDATED Wednesday, May 20, 2015--12:11 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The speed limit will be going up on more than 700 miles of rural stretches of interstate in Wisconsin soon.

The state Department of Transportation said Wednesday that it will be posting the new signs soon. The news came shortly after Gov. Scott Walker signed the bill allowing for the increase.

The speed limit will be going up all over the state. It will soon be 70 mph on I-94 for the 25 miles on I-39/90 between the Illinois state line and the Milwaukee county line and the 41 miles from the Illinois border to U.S. 12 in Dane County.

It's also going up on I-90 from I-94 in Monroe County to U.S. 53 in La Crosse County.

It's also going up on stretches of interstates 41 and 43.

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UPDATED Wednesday, May 13, 2015---1:44 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Drivers could be legally driving 70 mph on some Wisconsin highways this summer.

The state Assembly was poised to pass the speed limit increase bill on Wednesday. Its chief sponsor, Rep. Paul Tittl, says the Department of Transportation expects to have new speed limit signs posted in time for the summer tourist season.

DOT officials have said they plan to raise the limit to 70 mph on freeway portions of the interstate system as well as portions of U.S. Highway 51, U.S. Highway 53 and U.S. Highway 141.

Under the bill, the speed limit can be raised to 70 mph only on four-lane roads that have entrance and exit ramps, not those that have at-grade access.

Once it passes the Assembly, it will head to Gov. Scott Walker.

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UPDATED Wednesday, May 6, 2015---1:13 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Senate has approved a bill that would allow Wisconsin transportation officials to raise the speed limit on some roads to 70 mph.

The bill would permit the Department of Transportation officials to raise the limit to 70 mph on roads they deem fit. The proposal would prohibit DOT from going to 70 on four-lane roads with at-grade access, however.

The Senate passed the measure on a voice vote on Wednesday. It goes next to the state Assembly. That chamber passed the bill in March before legislators added the at-grade prohibition. Both houses must pass an identical bill before it can go to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature.

A Walker spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to an email inquiring about whether the governor supports the measure.

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UPDATED Wednesday, May 6, 2015---8:33 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Senate is preparing to vote on a bill that would allow Wisconsin transportation officials to raise the speed limit on some roads to 70 mph.

The bill would permit the Department of Transportation officials to raise the limit to 70 mph on roads they deem fit. The proposal would prohibit DOT from going to 70 on four-lane roads with at-grade access, however.

The Senate has scheduled a vote for Wednesday. Approval would send the bill to the state Assembly. That chamber passed the bill in March before legislators added the at-grade prohibition. Both houses must pass an identical bill before it can go to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature.

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UPDATED Monday, May 4, 2015---1:39 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Senate is poised to vote on a bill that would clear the way for a 70 mph speed limit on at least some Wisconsin roads.

The bill would allow the state Department of Transportation to decide where to raise the limit from 65 mph to 70 mph. The measure would prohibit the DOT from raising the limit on four-lane roads with at-grade access, however.

The Senate is set to vote on the measure on Wednesday. It would then go to the state Assembly. That house passed the bill in March before legislators added the at-grade restriction. Both houses must pass an identical bill before it can go to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature.

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UPDATED Thursday, April 30, 2015---12:18 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Senate's transportation committee has approved a bill that would clear the way for a 70 mph speed limit.

Under the bill, the state Department of Transportation would decide where to raise the limit from 65 mph to 70 mph. Republicans amended the measure this week to prohibit the agency from raising the limit on four-lane roads with at-grade access.

The committee approved the proposal unanimously Thursday, setting the stage for a Senate vote. If the bill passes that house it would go to the Assembly.

That chamber passed the bill in March but legislators have since added the at-grade prohibition. Both houses must pass an identical bill before it can go to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature.

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UPDATED: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 --- 4:35 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Republicans say they have reached an agreement to increase the speed limit to 70 mph on some stretches of interstates and highways in the state.

The deal is to be voted on by a Senate committee on Thursday, clearing the way for the bill to pass the Republican-controlled Legislature after it stalled last session.

Under the agreement, the state Department of Transportation would decide which roads could increase from 65 mph to 70 mph. The speed limit could not be raised on four-lane roadways with at-grade accesses. That means highways and freeways that don't have entrance and exit ramps wouldn't change.

Rep. Paul Tittl, a Manitowoc Republican, said Tuesday he reached the deal with Sen. Jerry Petrowski, a Marathon Republican and Sen. Devin LeMahieu, an Oostburg Republican.

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UPDATED: Thursday, April 2, 2015---11:16 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Senate's transportation committee is set to hold a public hearing on a bill that would allow Wisconsin transportation officials to raise the speed limit to 70 mph on roads of their choosing.

The hearing is set for Tuesday afternoon at the state Capitol. The state Assembly overwhelmingly approved the Republican-authored measure last month, even though opponents argued increasing speed limits is too dangerous.

The public hearing would clear the way for the Senate transportation committee to vote on the bill. Committee approval make the bill eligible for a vote before the full Senate.

If the Senate were to approve the proposal, it would then go to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature.

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UPDATED: Tuesday, March 17, 2015---8:42 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin lawmakers have hit the gas pedal on a bill that would increase the maximum speed limit on some state highways and freeways.

The state Assembly approved the bill on a 76-22 vote Tuesday. The bill allows the Department of Transportation to increase speed limits to 70 mph in approved areas, up from the current 65 mph limit.

Opponents said increasing speed limits is too dangerous. Rep. Dana Wachs, an Eau Claire Democrat, said he would not support the bill because it could increase deaths on Wisconsin roadways. Rep. John Spiros, a Manitowoc Republican, warned commercial vehicles such as semi-trailers should have a lower speed limit. But their concerns fell on deaf ears.

The measure goes next to the state Senate.

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UPDATED: Tuesday, March 17, 2015---8:42 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin lawmakers are set to vote on a bill that would green light increasing the state speed limit to 70 mph on some highways and freeways.

The bill up for a vote Tuesday in the state Assembly allows the Department of Transportation to increase speed limits to 70 mph in approved areas, up from the current 65 mph limit.

An Assembly Transportation Committee passed the measure on a 12-1 vote this month. Committee members rejected an amendment that would have established a lower speed for commercial vehicles.

The measure must also pass the Senate and be signed by Gov. Scott Walker before becoming law.

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UPDATED: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 --- 12:41 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A bill that would increase speed limits on some Wisconsin highways and freeways has coasted through another green light at the Capitol.

The state Assembly Transportation Committee voted 12-1 in favor of the measure Tuesday. The full Assembly is expected to vote on it this month.

The bill allows the Department of Transportation to increase speed limits to 70 mph in approved areas, up from the current 65 mph limit.

Committee members rejected an amendment that would have established a lower speed limit for commercial vehicles.

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UPDATED: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 --- 4:26 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A bill aimed at increasing the speed limit on Wisconsin highways is cruising through the Capitol.

Rep. Paul Tittl, a Manitowoc Republican, says the bill allows the Department of Transportation to increase speed limits to 70 miles per hour in approved areas. The top speed limit in the state is currently 65 miles per hour.

The bill faced little opposition at an Assembly transportation committee hearing Tuesday. DOT representatives say they would likely raise the speed limit on rural freeways and expressways. They would test individual roads to determine which sections could accommodate increased limits.

Rep. John Spiros, a Marshfield Republican, proposed an amendment that would allow the DOT to set a lower speed limit for commercial vehicles.

The committee is expected to vote on the bill next month.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican lawmakers hope their bill aimed at increasing Wisconsin's interstate speed limit to 70 mph will race its way through both chambers.

Republican Rep. Paul Tittl, of Manitowoc, and Republican Sen. Devin LeMahieu, of Oostburg, said Wednesday that they anticipate newly elected senators will support raising the speed limit from its current 65 mph.

The Assembly approved the 5 mph hike last year, but the measure died when senators declined to back it. Both houses were Republican-controlled, as they are now.

Tittl and LeMahieu say the bill will be introduced next week and they hope to pass it by the end of March.

Sen. Jerry Petrowski, chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, says he thinks support for the measure will come down to concerns over safety issues.

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