Ohio DOT calls adjustable speed limits successful, seeks to expand program

The Ohio Department of Transportation is considering an expansion of its variable speed limit program, which allows crews to adjust speed limits based on current traffic, road, and weather conditions.

In October, ODOT opened its SmartLane on I-670 east, which allows their crews to open an additional lane and adjust the speed limit, primarily for the purpose of easing congestion.

Three years ago, a variable speed limit was installed on I-90 in Lake County, to slow traffic when inclement weather hits. So far, that has been a success and ODOT leaders say they are considering an expansion to the program, in similar areas where the weather has been known to impact travel.