Speed limit increases to 60 mph for large section of Highway 61 in Minnesota

Motorists traveling the North Shore on Highway 61 are finding higher speed limits just ahead of the holiday season.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has decided to raise speed limits from 55 to 60 miles per hour on several rural northeastern Minnesota highways as a result of a recent traffic study.  The new stretches moved up to get a 60 mph limit include a long stretch of Highway 61 from Silver Bay to Schroeder, and from Tofte to the Canadian border.

MnDOT said the higher speed limits took effect in recent weeks as new 60 mph signs were posted along the highway.

Over the past five years, MnDOT studied 7,000 miles of rural, two-lane highways and decided to raise the speed limit on 5,240 miles of the segments studied. The $1.2 million study was ordered by the Minnesota Legislature and is the largest system-wide change in Minnesota speed limits since 1974.