Speedier highways: Governor promises 70mph stretches by year's end
Governor Bob McDonnell announced Wednesday that a majority of Virginia's stretches of Interstate highways will be posted at 70mph speed limits by year's end. The October 20 announcement follows passage of enabling legislation, which McDonnell signed into law in March, as well as safety studies using crash records and land-use data.
Perhaps that explains why most of I-64 through Albemarle County will remain at 65mph.
Already, 89 of Virginia's 1,119 miles of Interstate (38 miles of I-85; 24 miles of I-85, and 27 miles of I-295) bear the higher limits. The move will raise the proportion of Virginia's Interstates posted at 70mph to 61 percent. [pdf]
McDonnell hails the move for safety and efficiency, but the enabling legislation, SB 537, was decided on a mostly party-line vote. Of the Charlottesville-area legislators, Democratic Senator Creigh Deeds joined fellow Democratic Delegate David Toscano in voting against it; Republican Rob Bell voted for it.