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Speed limit goes up on I-285 on the south side
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Speed limit goes up on I-285 on the south side

Speed limit goes up on I-285 on the south side
Photo Credit: JASON GETZ / AJC
SPEED LIMIT CHANGE--October 31, 2013 - Atlanta, Ga: A new 65 mph speed limit sign is shown covered on I-285 northbound near the Cascade Road exit Thursday afternoon in Atlanta, Ga., October 31, 2013. Beginning Friday, motorists traveling on I-285, south of I-20, will see a speed limit change. The Georgia DOT officials raise the speed limit from 55 mph to 65 mph. On Friday, Georgia DOT crews will remove the covering for the new 65 mph signs. JASON GETZ / JGETZ@AJC.COM

Speed limit goes up on I-285 on the south side

It’s still not even the unofficial speed limit, but drivers on I-285 will legally get to drive a little faster starting at noon on Friday.

The Georgia DOT will raise the speed limit to 65 mph on a 27-mile stretch of the perimeter south of I-20.

“This isn’t an invitation for anyone to go faster than they have already been going,” DOT spokeswoman Natalie Dale told WSB. “We decided that the 65 mph is a safe and reasonable speed limit for those commuters.”

WSB’s Capt. Herb Emory says this makes total sense.

“Another good idea to help drivers save some time getting to work or home,” says Emory. “There’s plenty of lanes in that section to safetly support the higher speeds and raising the limit to normal interstate-speed is another good common sense move by Georgia DOT.”

The speed limit increase does not affect the north side of I-285. At least not yet. It will remain at 55 mph for the next year.

“We will be making some changes in that area with some variable speed limit signs,” says Dale.

The maximum speed will also be 65 mph when the variable signs are added.

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