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Speed limits to increase on Minnesota Highways 75, 59 and 7

MOORHEAD – Commuters on Highway 75 here will be able to travel just a little bit faster soon.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is raising the speed limit of Highway 75 from 55 mph to 60 mph.

The entire road, which stretches from south of Luverne through Breckenridge and Moorhead to the Canadian border near Noyes, will have an increased speed limit.

Crews began installing new speed limit signs today. The speed limit will become effective as soon as the signs are posted.

The speed limit on most of Highway 59 will increase to 60 mph. Highway 59 starts in Minnesota south of Worthington, overlaps part of Interstate 94 near Fergus Falls then passes through Detroit Lakes and Thief River Falls as it reaches the Canadian border near Lake Bronson State Park.

Two parts of Highway 59, between Clarkfield and Marshall and south of I-90, will stay 55 mph because of the road’s narrow shoulders and reduced sight lines, according to a MnDOT release.

Fourteen miles of Highway 7 between Highway 75 near Odessa and Highway 59 near Appleton will also increase to 60 mph.

MnDOT raised speed limits in 2005 from 55 to 60 mph on 930 miles of roads, the release stated. A study found no negative impacts from the increased speed.

Speeds will not change through cities.

MnDOT traffic engineers in the Bemidji, Detroit Lakes, Willmar and Mankato districts studied the best “candidate” highways an increase in the speed limit and found those roads met the necessary criteria.

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