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Kansas speed limit increases

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The speed limit is going up for drivers beginning July1 on more than 800 miles of Kansas highways and Interstates.

There are several reasons why authorities are raising the minimum speed limit from 70 to 75, but a lot of frequent commuters don't understand it.

Beginning tomorrow, the speed limit will increase and KDOT says several factors were taken into account.

KDOT, along with highway patrol and the turnpike authority say they studied traffic volumes, crash history, roadway geometrics, looked at how much commuters drive these roads and whether the stretches are urban or rural.

KCTV5 spoke to several semi-truck drivers who spend their entire day on the Interstates across Kansas, and they say the speed limit change is simply a way to raise more money for the state in a down economy.

"They're not selling as much fuel because cars are getting better fuel mileage, they need the revenue to keep the highways fixed. I think it's a way of getting more revenue, if you drive faster, you're going to use more fuel so you're going to buy more," said truck driver David Barr. 

Making up the 800 miles are notable stretches of I-70 from Colorado to Topeka.

I-35 from Emporia to the Edgerton interchange in Johnson County and the Kansas turnpike from Oklahoma to K-7 in Wyandotte County.

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