Speed Limit Increasing for Truckers in Illinois

(AP) -- The Illinois Department of Transportation says it will remove 55 mile-per-hour speed-limit signs aimed at truckers along rural interstates early next year. The speed limit for trucks that weigh more than 4 tons is increasing to 65 miles per hour.

Transportation Department spokeswoman Paris Ervin says workers will begin removing and modifying the signs the week of Jan. 4. Ervin says the effort should cost about $75,000. The 55 mile-per-hour signs need to be removed from about 1,800 miles of Illinois roads.

Enforcement of the new speed limit for truckers starts Jan. 1. To avoid confusion, the Illinois State Police say they've asked the state transportation department to wait to change the speed limit signs until after that date.

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