ALBEMARLE COUNTY -- Commuters were pleasantly surprised this week when I-64 increased its speed limit to 70 miles per hour. The increase is from mile marker 106 to 118.
VDOT says that the increase is made at the request of citizens. With the large number of commuters traveling between the Shenandoah Valley and Charlottesville each day, it will help reduce commute times. After studying the route, it was determined to be safe to increase the limit.
"The benefit in a case like this is strictly to commuters and to others who frequently use that stretch and asked us to look into the possibility of increasing the speed limit on that stretch to shave some time off their daily commute. That's something that we can do if a detailed analysis and early close study show that that can be safely done," said VDOT spokesman, Ken Slack.