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IDOT responds to higher speed limit with more work zone signs

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The Illinois Department of Transportation is adding additional safety precautions to work zones after an increase in the speed limit on some rural highways.

Extra signs, including speed indicators, are being added as well as placed further away from work zones to better warn drivers of the change in speed.

Despite opposition from IDOT, legislation increasing the speed limit from 65 to 70 mph on some Illinois roads went into effect in January.

The department's state safety engineer, Priscilla Tobias, says drivers need about 470 feet to safely stop if they're going 70 mph.

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