With the signature of Gov. John Kasich, Ohioans will be able to drive a little faster through the state. The Ohio House of Representatives signed off on a revised transportation bill that increases the speed limit on rural sections of interstate highway to 70 mph.
"We'll take a look at the maps see where some of these urban areas, metropolitan areas, exist. Take into consideration congestion factors and other issues as well," said Steve Faulkner, ODOT spokesman.
The change would take effect on July 1.
Faulkner says it should only take crews about a day to replace all the speed limit signs that need to be changed. Without knowing what changes will need to be made, he wasn't able to say what the cost might be.
"I can't tell you if we're going to have to replace entire signs or just sections of signs," Faulkner said.
The bill also allows ODOT Director Jerry Wray to increase the speeds on two-lane highways from 55 to 60 mph. Faulkner says they'll only bump up the speed on highways where it makes the most sense and cost the least amount of money to taxpayers.
The budget also allows the state to sell bonds against future tolls on the Ohio Turnpike to pay for transportation projects around the state.
A spokesman for Gov. John Kasich says the Governor will sign the budget.