Why Is the Speed Limit on Route 14 Now 45 MPH?

The spend limit on the new four-lane highway between Crystal Lake and Woodstock is 45 Miles Per Hour. It was 55 MPH when it was two lanes.

The spend limit on the new four-lane highway between Crystal Lake and Woodstock is 45 Miles Per Hour. It was 55 MPH when it was two lanes.

That’s the question that rational people are asking now that Plote’s marvelously constructed four-lane limited access highway has been opened to traffic.

After all, one does not need a long memory to recall that the speed limit was 55 Miles Per Hour when Route 14 between Crystal Lake and Woodstock before the improvement was begun.


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Why Is the Speed Limit on Route 14 Now 45 MPH? — 13 Comments

  1. Maybe because people were driving 65 MPH or higher and they thought that was to fast for conditions.

    Limited access, well kind of, there just aren’t many businesses or homes on that stretch of road.

    Any future growth look for more intersections and traffic signals.

  2. In other words we spent millions of dollars to make conditions on this stretch of highway less safe?

    New revenue source?

  3. Don’t worry, theyll be tearing it all up again in 5 years.

    Bike lanes are nice but disconcerting when the bicycles are going faster.

  4. Did anyone call the county for a comment?

    @Nob – people driving 65 is no reason to lower the limit for those that obey the law, just enforce it at 55.

    Does that not make more sense?

  5. REVENUE ENHANCEMENT – under the guise of “safety”, of course.

    The government needs MORE of your M-O-N-E-Y, and they’ll take
    it any way they can.

  6. Per Cal’s comment I am trying to contact the State to see what happened to the speed limit after the road improvements. Hard to find the right number.

    I did find the number for township support thinking it was the Highway Commissioner, so I thought I would ask how to dissolve a township. 🙂

    Waiting for a reply.

  7. the idea is to move traffic….

    let it move!

    45 is ridiculous in that stretch.

  8. simple answer.

    Sections of the road are an urban cross section (curb and gutter), which require 45 mph or less speed limit to minimize rollover impacts if a car hits the curb.

    The road was previously a rural cross section which does not have that restriction.

    So yes, it is about safety.

    Not everything is a conspiracy.

  9. If the speed limit has changed, has anything been done for traffic lights?

    We spend all kinds of money on expanding roads only to have stoplights stopping traffic flow because of poor timing.

    Randall Road is due for an upgrade, I have set my cruise control for the speed limit after midnight and missed many lights.

    Maybe the first step of road improvements is to time the stoplights for traffic flow at thepisted speed limits.

    Traffic congestion can be manipulated if the lights are out of sync.

    As for speed limits, they usually are set depending on residences on the route.

    Many times the speed is altered to set speed traps by local authorities, but that is usually on roads they control.

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