Speed limits increase for state highways in statewide Minnesota DOT initiative

As local motorists might have noticed, stretches of state highways—like, say, Highway 371 between Pequot Lakes and Hackensack—has seen speed limits increased from 55 mph to 60 mph.

As it turns out, it represents a statewide initiative to increase speed limits for two-lane highways across Minnesota, said Tom Dumont, a traffic engineer for the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Dumont said it’s been a process about a half-decade in the making, getting traffic moving through the state’s arteries at a pace that matches what motorists are typically driving—which was about 60 mph to begin with—which will be safer in the long run as traffic congestion lessons and roadways are used efficiently