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Speed limit to increase/decrease on Highway 73


September 5, 2019

The speed limit will soon change along Highway 73 in northeastern Minnesota. New speed limits take effect once new signs are posted. New signs will be installed Tuesday, Sept. 3, and Wednesday, Sept. 4.

Speed limits will increase from 55 mph to 60 mph:

Between Kettle River and milepost 18 (south of the curves prior to Carlton Highway 4)

Between Cromwell and US Highway 2

Between Floodwood and Highway 169 in Hibbing

North of Chisholm to US Highway 53

The speed limit will decrease from 55 mph to 50 mph:

Between I-35 and the roundabout in Moose Lake

Other 55 mph sections will remain at 55 mph including:

Between Moose Lake and Kettle River

Between milepost 18 and Cromwell

These speed changes is based on a traffic and engineering study, which looks at past crash rates, physical attributes of the highway (such as shoulder widths and access points) and an analysis of current driving speeds.

In 2014, the Minnesota Legislature directed MnDOT to evaluate its two-lane, two-way 55 mph highways to determine whether speed limits could be reasonably and safely increased.

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