Speed Limit Increase On Richardson Hwy

FAIRBANKS — A new, faster speed limit goes into effect this week on the Richardson Highway between Delta Junction and Valdez.

Starting Tuesday, crews began replacing 55 mph signs with 65 mph signs, working their way from Valdez to Delta Junction, according to an Alaska Department of Transportation news release. The change is supposed to be done by Thursday.

Crews are also updating passing zone striping and school bus warning signs to reflect the new speed limit.

Like other speed limits, the new speed limit is based on ideal driving conditions with dry pavement and good visibility.

The new limit was chosen based on a study DOT conducted that included information about traffic speed and crash history.

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