Kurt Nelson (left) and Scott Legue, both of the Racine County Public Works Department, hoist one of the signs onto their truck Monday in preparation for installation Tuesday on I-94.
A bump in the speed limit along about 810 miles of Wisconsin highways will take effect the moment crews install 70 mph speed limit signs this week, officials said Monday.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, county highway crews are scheduled to install about 470 updated speed limits and other signs on highway stretches that are currently posted at 65 mph, according to a Wisconsin Department of Transportation news release.
The Racine County Public Works Department, for example, will install 31 aluminum alloy 4 foot by 5 foot, 70 mph speed limit signs for the state on I-94 between Russell Rd and Rawson Ave. on Tuesday. More may be added once construction zones with lower limits are finished with road work.
County workers Kurt Nelson and Scott Legue were loading up a truck with the signs Monday in preparation. The large signs can be difficult to maneuver on a 10 foot ladder or in the bucket of their truck, they said, especially if its windy out.
Gov. Scott Walker signed a law in late May that raised the speed limit in Wisconsin, which now joins with 38 others states whose maximum speed limit is 70 mph or higher. The law allows the state DOT to raise the speed on segments of interstates and some four-lane highways that have overpasses, underpasses and ramps.