Could we see 75 mph speed limit signs on the highways soon?

Under the legislation, the speed limit could be raised to 75 mph on rural freeways, after an engineering and safety study is completed. “Our roads were designed for 75 mph,” said Rep. Bradford Jacobsen, an Oxford Republican who sponsored the legislation. “That’s the speed that people feel safe traveling.”

The legislation, part of a multi-bill package, was approved 56-53. Although the bill passed in the House, some voters were against it. Rep. Marilyn Lane, D-Fraser, said the state’s roads are “riddled” with potholes, and allowing drivers to drive at that speed could be very hazardous.

The legislation now goes to the Senate for approval.