Speed limits on Arkansas highways will be increasing soon.
The Arkansas Highway Commission has voted to approve a study from the Arkansas Department of Transportation that has recommended increasing highway and interstate speed limits.
During the previous legislation session, the 92nd General Assembly passed Act 784, which addressed maximum speed limits. Under this law, the maximum speed limit on a “controlled-access highway” that is outside an urban area and has at least four lanes divided by a median strip would be 75 miles per hour. The act also set a speed limit of 65 mph on a controlled-access highway in an urban area, as well as 30 mph in any urban district and 50 mph for trucks of one-and-one-half-ton capacity in “other locations.”
After the act passed, Arkansas Department of Transportation performed a study, entitled “Speed Limit Review and Findings of Arkansas Highways,” to determine the feasibility of increasing speed limits. According to the study’s executive summary, ArDOT has determined that the following speeds are feasible: 75 mph for rural interstates, 65 mph for urban interstates, 65 mph for rural multi-lane highways (unless an engineering study determines a need for a lower speed limit), and 55 mph on other rural highways (with an option to increase to 60 mph).
The speed limits are expected to increase once the Department of Transportation changes its signs throughout the state. According to a WREG article, this change is expected to take “a couple of months.”