Idahoans traveling through Oregon will be able to cut down their travel time after a bill in the Oregon Legislature passed, increasing the speed limit on March 1st.
Oregon House Bill 3402 will raise the speed limit on Interstate 84 and several other routes in Oregon east of the Cascades for passenger vehicles and commercial trucks.
The speed limit will now be 70 mph for passenger cars and 65 mph for commercial trucks between the Idaho border and The Dalles. Those speeds will also be applied for Oregon highway U.S. 95 from the Nevada border to Idaho.
In addition, sections of eight other highways will have speed limits increased to 65 mph for passenger vehicles and 60 mph for trucks. These include portions of U.S. 20, U.S. 26, U.S. 97, U.S. 197, U.S. 395, OR 31, OR 78, and OR 205.
The current speed limit on I-84 for passenger vehicles in 65 MPH and 55 MPH for commercial trucks.
The signs are expected to be installed by March 1st on I-84 and secondary highways as close to the March 1st date as possible.
Prior to March 1, 2016, travelers may see some highway work needed to support the speed limit change: including modifying passing zones to reflect the higher legal speed; new sign posts installed to accommodate new, larger signs; new or modified curve warning signs; and other minor changes.