75 mph speed limit proposal on chopping block

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A proposal to boost Ohio’s speed limit to 75 mph on rural interstate highways and the turnpike has been scrapped.

House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger’s office said the proposed increase would be pulled from a $7 billion, two-year transportation budget.

The proposal would have made Ohio only the second state entirely east of the Mississippi River to have such a high limit. The other is Maine. A total of 16 states, mostly out West, have at least a 75 mph speed limit.

The proposed Ohio increase was absent from the House-passed transportation bill, then added in the Ohio Senate. It lost traction during compromise talks this week.

Senators favoring the idea said Ohio’s seen few problems since increasing its limit to 70 mph two years ago.

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