Minnesota speed limits change on three highways

Allison Kronberg

The speed limit will change from 55 to 60 miles per hour on 730 miles of Minnesota highways on Monday.

The highways affected include the entire length of Highway 75, the majority of Highway 59 and 14 miles of Highway 7, according to the Star Tribune.

Installation of new speed limit signs began on Monday and the Minnesota State Patrol will enforce the new limit once signs are posted, ABC News reported.

Sue Groth, Minnesota Department of Transportation state traffic engineer, told Kare 11 News that MnDOT chose these roads for the increase because they have the right characteristics to be safe at 60 miles per hour.

"We did a careful and thorough study, looking at crash history, the way the roads are designed and what speed the traffic is actually traveling on the road,” she said. 

In 2005, Minnesota raised the speed limit on 930 miles of highway and no major negative safety effects have been reported on these roads since, according to Kare 11 News. 

For more information on Minnesota speed limits, visit MnDOT's website.