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Oregon bumps up rural speed limits 10 mph

Monday, February 29, 2016by  Jon Osterberg

Northwest motorists frustrated at Oregon’s 65-mph freeway speed limit now can celebrate a partial reprieve.
     Starting this week, you can drive 75 mph on Interstate 84 from the Idaho border to The Dalles and on Interstate 82 from Interstate 84 to the Columbia River, thanks to a law passed last year. Until now the speed limit had been 65 mph.
     Before you get too excited, note that Interstate 5 speed limits remain unchanged.
     Eight other Oregon highway speed limits also will jump, from 55 to 65 mph. This includes stretches of U.S. 20, U.S. 26, U.S. 97, and U.S. 395. The latter stretches through rural Eastern Oregon from Lakeview to Pendleton with no towns in between exceeding 2,000 people, except for Burns (population 2,728).
     Last year, Washington’s legislature looked at raising the speed limit on rural I-90 from 70 to 75 mph, but Gov. Inlsee partially vetoed the bill in April pending the outcome of further study.

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