N.Y. increases speed limit on more highways

NEW YORK, (April 28, 2004) — New York state officials said this week that the speed limit on sections of New York highways will increase by 10 mph.

Gov. George Pataki said the new speed limit — which will jump from 55 mph to 65 mph on 134 more miles of highway — will allow faster travel and more rapid shipment of goods.

In March, a new state law went into effect that allows the state Department of Transportation and the state Thruway Authority to administratively raise speed limits on limited-access superhighways that meet design and safety standards. The roadways must be divided highways with grade-separated interchanges and be closed to pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Previously, the speed limit could be increased to 65 mph only by a vote of the state Legislature and approval of the governor.

— from the Associated Press

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