Highway Speed Limit May Soon Be 75 mph in Mid Columbia
A bill in Olympia to raise the highway speed limit to 75 miles per hour has support in the state senate. The increase would not be mandatory, it would merely give WSDOT permission to raise the limit in certain areas if they chose to.
Public safety experts are concerned high speeds result in more deaths, and Governor Jay Inslee says he's more concerned with congestion in urban areas. But if the WSDOT believes an increase in speed would have minimum impact in rural areas, like Eastern Washington, it would be permitted.
Living in Othello and working in Pasco, or vice versa, could be a lot more practical. Or living in Hermiston and working in Kennewick, etc. Cross your fingers!