Speed Limit to Reach 70 MPH on Pa. Turnpike

Fast drivers rejoice.

The Patriot-News reports that a 100-mile stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike will see its speed limit raised to 70 mph this week.

The 70 mph zone will be on the Turnpike mainline (Interstate 76) between the Blue Mountain Interchange (Exit 201) and the Morgantown Interchange (Exit 298) starting Wednesday.

“Our studies have shown that the design of our system in this area can safely accommodate the higher speed limit,” Pa. Turnpike CEO Mark Compton said in a news release.

“But motorists must remember that it is their responsibly to drive safely and sensibly according to the traffic and weather conditions — especially when the pavement is slick from precipitation or when visibility is limited.”

Be warned: State officials say they plan “strict enforcement” of the higher speed limit — 70 mph doesn’t actually mean 80 mph.