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Re: Most terrible speed limits.
« Reply #50 on: June 12, 2017, 04:47:47 PM »

Legacy Parkway in Davis County, UT is a full freeway, posted at 55 mph as part of a trade off with environmentalists for building the road in the first place. And there are tons of cops who actually enforce it. 55 is way too slow, IMO. I have to set cruise control for 57 or 58, otherwise I would be going 70.
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Re: Most terrible speed limits.
« Reply #51 on: June 12, 2017, 10:12:25 PM »

Besides the maximum 100 km/h limits on Ontario's 400-series highways, there's also the 90 km/h limit on the freeway portion of highway 7/8 between New Hamburg to Kitchener. The part west of Kitchener is a rural freeway which could easily handle 100 (should be even higher, but that would require the MTO to get over their 100 limits).

It also annoys me that city/regional roads have little rhyme or reason for their speed limits. For example, at Weber and University in Waterloo, Weber is 60, while University is 50, yet they're both equally sized arterials roads.
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Re: Most terrible speed limits.
« Reply #52 on: June 12, 2017, 11:49:38 PM »

Besides the maximum 100 km/h limits on Ontario's 400-series highways, there's also the 90 km/h limit on the freeway portion of highway 7/8 between New Hamburg to Kitchener. The part west of Kitchener is a rural freeway which could easily handle 100 (should be even higher, but that would require the MTO to get over their 100 limits).

Hwy 1 through Burnaby and Vancouver also has a rather low limit, despite the full-freeway nature of the road (even if the median gets rather narrow around the Ironworkers). I can't quite remember where it starts and ends, but large stretches of the freeway are 90 km/h. I swear there's even a short stretch of 80, but I can't remember where. All other urban stretches of Hwy 1 are 100, even though they have the same design standards.

Though, that speed limit along Hwy 7/8 is far more ridiculous. 90 in the middle of nowhere? That's bizarre.
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Re: Most terrible speed limits.
« Reply #53 on: June 14, 2017, 03:33:03 PM »

I used to think that the many 25 mph zones on suburban arterials in NJ was terrible.  South Plainfield comes to mind as other than I-287 that either is 55 or 65 now, and Hamilton Blvd is 35 are the only two roads with a higher than 25 limit.  Oh, yes and Stelton Road, but considering it shares a border with Piscataway, it is not totally within its jurisdiction.

Than US 1 in Camden, SC with a very long 40 mph speed zone I have to say is ridiculous.
The FDR Drive in NYC with its 40 mph on a freeway.
The 55 mph on the LIE even in Suffolk County and parts of Nassau that should be 65 like on Upstate Freeways.
US 19 between the FL State Line and Thomasville, GA is only 55, considering its rural and in FL (across the line ) its 65.
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Re: Most terrible speed limits.
« Reply #54 on: June 20, 2017, 03:26:53 AM »

I-65 and I-265 in Southern Indiana and the new I-265 extension in KY. 65 goes to 55mph the moment the freeway becomes concrete and goes to six lanes. It could easily be 65 mph until mm1. Indiana state police are aware that people drive 65-70 on it and thus have a heavy presence and love to ticket. All of 265 in Indiana and the new Kentucky section is 55mph when it should be 65. The new segment from the bridge to I-65 should be (rural area, also tolled with the bridge) and the new Kentucky section should be 65 (Bridge, tunnel, and six lane section before I-71).
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Re: Most terrible speed limits.
« Reply #55 on: September 04, 2017, 10:43:37 AM »

Sorry for the bump but the Hightstown Bypass, NJ Route 133, is a freeway with a 50-mph speed limit. Originally opened with a 45-mph limit, it is now enshrined on Google Earth why the town wants to keep it so low:
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Re: Most terrible speed limits.
« Reply #56 on: September 04, 2017, 11:32:09 AM »

No mention of St. Paul's I-35E? I don't care about what's legally mandated, the 45 speed limit is ridiculous (and poorly adhered to regardless of the number of signs MnDOT wastes money on).
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Re: Most terrible speed limits.
« Reply #57 on: September 04, 2017, 04:07:14 PM »

No mention of St. Paul's I-35E? I don't care about what's legally mandated, the 45 speed limit is ridiculous (and poorly adhered to regardless of the number of signs MnDOT wastes money on).

If that's 45 x 3 then I'll be happy doing 135 :colorful:
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Re: Most terrible speed limits.
« Reply #58 on: September 04, 2017, 06:53:19 PM »

55 MPH and 45 MPH over the Calumet River on the Chicago Skyway seemed excessively slow given the redesign.

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Re: Most terrible speed limits.
« Reply #59 on: September 08, 2017, 03:18:37 PM »

One that I believe has been fixed:  When I-190 in MA opened in 1983, it was built with three lanes in each direction, gentle curves, a wide median, wide and banked shoulders (to keep runoff out of a nearby reservoir)...and a posted limit of 55.  Needless to say, it was paradise for state troopers with empty citation books.  Posting it at 70 or above would have been perfectly safe.

I'm pretty sure it's now posted at 65.
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Re: Most terrible speed limits.
« Reply #60 on: September 08, 2017, 06:10:59 PM »

One that I believe has been fixed:  When I-190 in MA opened in 1983, it was built with three lanes in each direction, gentle curves, a wide median, wide and banked shoulders (to keep runoff out of a nearby reservoir)...and a posted limit of 55.  Needless to say, it was paradise for state troopers with empty citation books.  Posting it at 70 or above would have been perfectly safe.

I'm pretty sure it's now posted at 65.
Actually, the lastest GSV doesn't show any speed limit sign along I-190 northbound until here; MM 2.2 & north of Exit 2.

Along I-190 southbound, the speed limit takes a 20 mph nosedive here; MM 1, south of Exit 1.

If one studied & took their driver's test in the Bay State; the assumed speed limit of a divided highway (unless otherwise posted) is 50 mph; so such would mean the speed limit along I-190 northbound from I-290 to MM 2.2 is 50.
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Re: Most terrible speed limits.
« Reply #61 on: September 09, 2017, 11:34:31 AM »

I-70 thru Glenwood Canyon, CO uses Variable Speed Limit signs that cap off at 45 MPH.  When roads are dry (and not under construction) during daylight hours, most vehicles are doing at least 55 MPH around most of the curves. 

Further west, along I-70 in Debeque Canyon, the speed limit through that less-curvy canyon was capped at 50 MPH, but CDOT finally raised it up to a more reasonable 60 MPH earlier this year.

Then you have those roads where the posted speed limit pretty much can only be met or exceeded in the overnight hours, due to daytime congestion, poorly-timed lights and left lane idiots who do 35 in a 45 because they will be turning left -- 5 miles down the road!!!!
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Re: Most terrible speed limits.
« Reply #62 on: September 09, 2017, 11:52:16 AM »

In North Carolina, I have never seen a 2-lane highway with a limit higher than 55. There are plenty of these that could be 65 or even 70. Mostly down east, on the way to the coast. US 64, 264, 117, 158, 421, and NC 11, 211, 133 all come to mind. There are also a few up in the mountains, like NC 105 that could easily be posted at 60 since the road follows an old rail grade so its nice and straight and flat-ish.
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Re: Most terrible speed limits.
« Reply #63 on: September 11, 2017, 08:20:41 AM »

I think we can all agree that the NMSL was the worst idea that ever happened. I realize that it was mainly for economy purposes, but still, who'd want to drive 55 on a stretch of highway that could easily handle 70 and over?
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Re: Most terrible speed limits.
« Reply #64 on: September 11, 2017, 02:00:21 PM »

Worse....these $#!+ 85 MPH speedometers that used to be everywhere:


A Corvette that has an 85 mph speedometer just plain violates the laws of nature.
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Re: Most terrible speed limits.
« Reply #65 on: September 11, 2017, 03:16:18 PM »

Worse....these $#!+ 85 MPH speedometers that used to be everywhere:


A Corvette that has an 85 mph speedometer just plain violates the laws of nature.

Thankfully they didn't last, I don't know how anyone really that was going to keep anyone from going over the 55 MPH speed limit.  We probably got lucky that 60-65 MPH speedos get mandated. 

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Re: Most terrible speed limits.
« Reply #66 on: September 12, 2017, 09:15:20 AM »

Worse....these $#!+ 85 MPH speedometers that used to be everywhere:


A Corvette that has an 85 mph speedometer just plain violates the laws of nature.

Thankfully they didn't last, I don't know how anyone really that was going to keep anyone from going over the 55 MPH speed limit.  We probably got lucky that 60-65 MPH speedos speed limits get mandated were allowed again.
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The above created a (short-term) market for aftermarket higher-calibrated speedometers.

I'm sure many of the original 0-85 speedometers on the early 3rd generation Camaros ('82-'85(?)) were swapped out.
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Re: Most terrible speed limits.
« Reply #67 on: September 12, 2017, 07:31:20 PM »

The ubiquitous (in Texas at least) country lane signed 35-40mph is STILL signed 35-40 mph after being upgraded to divided four-lane.


A lot of time two lane roads will be 55 and then break out into four and become 50 (with the obligatory speed trap of course).  Ridiculous.
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Re: Most terrible speed limits.
« Reply #68 on: September 12, 2017, 08:10:35 PM »

Why is almost every surface street in Duluth, MN 35 MPH?   I was just there on a recent vacation and it was one of the most obnoxious things ever to drive on when 45-50 was more reasonable.

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Re: Most terrible speed limits.
« Reply #69 on: September 23, 2017, 05:33:52 PM »

Many roads that cross the state line from Texas to Louisiana.

TX        LA
70/75 - 55
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Re: Most terrible speed limits.
« Reply #70 on: September 23, 2017, 07:14:40 PM »

I-55 south of Memphis wound up with decreasing speed limits to the Mississippi border, getting as low as 45 MPH.  Once into the Magnolia State the freeway was up to 70 MPH.  Tennessee's highway patrol units were along this stretch, thick as fleas.  This was back in 1996.  Whether it is still the same today is something I do not know.  Maybe someone here can let us know if the Mother Of All Speedtraps is still causing trouble.

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Re: Most terrible speed limits.
« Reply #71 on: September 23, 2017, 11:48:43 PM »

Many roads that cross the state line from Texas to Louisiana.

TX        LA
70/75 - 55
Texas should probably lower speed limits in east Texas to match.
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Re: Most terrible speed limits.
« Reply #72 on: September 23, 2017, 11:54:35 PM »

Many roads that cross the state line from Texas to Louisiana.

TX        LA
70/75 - 55
Texas should probably lower speed limits in east Texas to match.

Why wouldn't Louisiana just raise their speed limits to match Texas or get close to it?  Slower isn't necessarily better, just look at how states like Oregon operate.

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Re: Most terrible speed limits.
« Reply #73 on: September 24, 2017, 02:16:28 AM »

Many roads that cross the state line from Texas to Louisiana.

TX        LA
70/75 - 55

Texas should probably lower speed limits in east Texas to match.

Why wouldn't Louisiana just raise their speed limits to match Texas or get close to it?  Slower isn't necessarily better, just look at how states like Oregon operate.

I think the easy answer is, most states don't post two-lane roads at 70 or 75, therefore Texas is an outlier, and should change to be more in-line. However, I think Texas has it right, so I would agree that other states should follow them, rather than the other way around.
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Re: Most terrible speed limits.
« Reply #74 on: September 24, 2017, 11:31:19 AM »

What speed limits make you think that the dots were drunk when coming up with the speed limit? I am not talking about the, this could be slightly lower/higher, this is the what the f**k were they thinking, this should way higher/lower.
There is a small section of CASR-58 just south and east of Mojave. It was, briefly put up to the 70MPH state maximum, but it was discovered, despite being designated as "Freeway" in the land rights book was not actually freeway on the ground and was dropped back down to 65MPH.

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