Ohio DOT wants permission to adjust speed limits (Variable Speed Limits) depending on weather, traffic

The Ohio Department of Transportation wants lawmakers’ permission to lift a restriction on the number of variable speed limit areas in the state, and replace the familiar aluminum road signs with the digital kind most often seen at construction sites.

The trade-off would allow the department to lower speed limits at any time in response to changes in weather, traffic and construction, then raise them to a normal level once circumstances change. Current law only allows speed limits to be temporarily lowered in school and work zones.