ATLANTA, Ga. --You'll see faster speed limits along 95 miles of interstate and state highways in Metro Atlanta. Speeds are going up as much as 10 miles an hour in seven counties.
Bryant Anderson calls himself "The Southern Road Geek". He keeps a close eye on any changes that effect his commute. This is the change he's been waiting for: no more 55-mile-an-hour limit on a section of I-75 in Clayton County.
"The interstates are designed for 70 miles per hour, so having 55 doesn't make a lot of sense," he said.
The Georgia Department of Transportation thinks 55 MPH does make sense in some areas, but in others, they're upping the limits.
On I-75 from Howell Mill Road up to Windy Hill in Cobb County, the speed limit has gone from 55 to 65 miles per hour. On I-85 from just north of North Druid Hills to the Gwinnett County line, it's going to be 65 MPH. Through Gwinnett County up to the I-985 split, the speed limit on I-85 is going up to 70 miles per hour.
The DOT considered average speeds, crash history, and traffic volume before making any changes.
"We look at these variables and decide what a safe and reasonable speed limit is for that stretch of interstate," GDOT spokesman Natalie Dale told 11Alive Commuter Dude Jerry Carnes.
It was just last year that the DOT raised the speed limit on I-285.
"Is there any concern raised speed limits will lead to more serious crashes?" Carnes asked Dale.
"That is something we do, take into account after we raise that speed limit. We do monitor accidents," Dale said they'll adjust accordingly.
Bryant Anderson welcomes 65 to his stretch of highway: "I'm like Sammy Hagar...I can't drive 55."