COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A proposal to increase Ohio's speed limit to 70 mph on rural interstate highways has cleared the state Senate.
Wednesday's 27-6 vote comes after a legislative panel worked out differences between House and Senate versions of the transportation bill.
Under the measure, Ohio's transportation department would set the maximum speed limit for interstate freeway outerbelts in urban areas at 65 mph and on freeways in congested areas at 55 mph.
The bill also sets in motion Gov. John Kasich's plan for a $1.5 billion Ohio Turnpike bond sale that would raise money for highway and bridge projects.
A compromise provision guarantees that 90 percent of the turnpike bond sale would go to northern Ohio projects.
The measure now heads to the House for its likely passage on Thursday.
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Drivers in Ohio will probably have to adjust their speed when traveling down the interstate.
An Ohio Senate panel is considering increasing the speed limit from 65 to 70.
Some drivers don't mind the possible change.
"I think it's a great idea. We just drove all the way from Ohio down to Florida and Florida back to where it's been 70-75 primarily all the way down once we're in West Virginia and frankly, I don't see the need that we need to keep it at 65. 70 seems rather consistent," says Donald Friedlein.
"I think it's a good idea. I do a lot of driving back and forth from North Carolina to Ohio and every state in between is 70 and then when you get to Ohio and it's 65 and it seems like it's a lot slower," added Amy Verspor.
However, not everyone agrees.
"The easier for drivers to be speeding along, however it waste gas. they already know that the slower you go, the less gas you use and we already have trouble having enough gas," replied Jeanie Waller.
If the proposal passes, this would also set the maximum speed limit for interstate outerbelts in urban areas at 65 and freeways in congested areas at 55.
Some people think the increase will be an easy transition.
"I think it will make it easier. a lot of states are 70 and I think Ohio needs to change and go to 70 also," Verspor said.
"Ohioans travel all the time, we travel every year. as far as the speed limit change going up, it will be rather easily change for us
to be very honest," says Friedlein.
A change that can help keep the highways running smoothly.
The panel is expected to vote on the speed limit switch sometime this week.