Traveling through some parts of Idaho is about to get a little faster.
Starting Tuesday, July 1, speed limits on rural stretches of interstates 15, 84 and 86 will increase to 80 miles per hour for passenger automobiles and 70-miles-per-hour for trucks—that's up from the 75-miles-per-hour speed limit instituted in 1996.
The changes do not effect the 65-miles-per-hour speed limits between Caldwell and east Boise, nor similar limits in Pocatello and Idaho Falls.
The speed limit increase was approved by the Idaho Legislature this year and signed into law by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter March 18. Part of the law allows for speed limit increases on state highways to 70 miles per hour, though those increases will take effect at a later date pending engineering studies.
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