Utah to make permanent two 80 mph zones on I-15

Sep 19 2012 - 3:57pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- State officials say two sections of Interstate 15 in southern Utah will remain 80 mile-per-hour zones permanently.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports the Utah Department of Transportation also is considering additional 80-mph zones around the state.

The agency created the two test zones three years ago near Fillmore. Officials say since then, accidents in the area have decreased -- down 11 percent along one section and 20 percent in the other.

UDOT also now has two other 80 mph test areas near Beaver and Parowan. If the downward trend in accidents continues, UDOT Deputy Director Carlos Braceras says the agency will move to make those 80 mph limits permanent in 2014.


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