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Speed limits to increase on central and eastern Oregon roads

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Those driving in central and eastern Oregon will be able to go a little bit faster this spring on a few highways and freeways.

A new bill that will go into effect this year will raise the speed limit on a section of I-84 and some other routes east of the Cascades.

The Oregon Department of Transportation said speed limits will increase from 65 mph to 70 mph for passenger cars and from 55 mph to 65 mph for commercial trucks.

The biggest impact will the section of I-84 from The Dalles to the Idaho border.

The 70 mph speed limit will also be in effect for U.S. Route 95 through southeast Oregon between Nevada and Idaho.

ODOT will also increase the speed limit to 65 mph on U.S. Routes 20, 26, 97, 197 and 395, and Oregon Routes 31, 78 and 205.

Transportation officials said speed limits were meant to be raised to match those of surrounding states.

The new speed limits will go into effect on March 1. 

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