Lawmakers in Washington’s Senate and House have introduced bills that would raise Interstate 90’s speed limit in rural counties from 70 to 75 mph.
If approved, the bills will increase speeds in Kittitas, Grant, Adams, and Lincoln counties, between Ellensburg and Cheney.
Washington State Department of Transportation officials want to study the safety implications before taking an official stance on the legislation.
Idaho raised its rural freeway speed limit to 80 mph last July. Utah and Wyoming also have 80-mph limits. Fourteen states, including Montana and Nevada, have 75-mph speed limits on their rural interstates.