Speed Limit Changes in Northeastern Minnesota

The speed limit for portions of Highway 73 will increase to 60 mph. The speed limit for portions of Highway 73 will increase to 60 mph. |  Photo: WDIO, File

Updated: August 29, 2019 05:12 PM

The Minnesota Department of Transportation wants to alert motorists to speed limit changes along Highway 73 in northeastern Minnesota.  The speed limit changes are expected to go into effect when new speed limit signs are installed on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 3 and 4.

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According to a press release from MnDOT, the speed limit will increase from 55 mph to 60 mph:

  • between Kettle River and milepost 18 (south of the curves prior to Carlton Highway 4)
  • between Cromwell and US Highway 2 
  • between Floodwood and Highway 169 in Hibbing 
  • north of Chisholm to US Highway 53 

The speed limit will decrease from 55 mph to 50 mph:

  • between I-35 and the roundabout in Moose Lake

MnDOT says other sections of  Highway 73 will remain at 55 mph.  This includes the road between Moose Lake and Kettle River, and milepost 18 and Cromwell. 

These speed changes is based on a traffic and engineering study, which looks at past crash rates, physical attributes of the highway (such as shoulder widths and access points) and an analysis of current driving speeds.

According to the release, the Minnesota Legislature directed MnDOT in 2014 to evaluate its two-lane, two-way 55 mph highways to determine whether speed limits could be reasonably and safely increased.  In order to make a speed limit change, MnDOT conducted a traffic and engineering study that took into account past crash rates, physical attributes of the highway, such as shoulder widths and access, and analysis of current driving speeds.

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