The Impact of the 65 mph Speed Limit on Virginia's Rural Interstate Highways Through 1989

Report No: 90-R15

Published in 1990

About the report:

In April 1987, Congress passed the Surface Transportation and Uniform Relocation Assistance Act (STURAA) which permitted states to raise their maximum speed limit on rural interstate highways (rural interstates) to 65 mph. Since then, 40 states, including Virginia have adopted a 65 mph maximum speed limit. Virginia's 65 mph speed limit became effective for passenger cars on July 1, 1988, and for commercial buses on July 1, 1989. The findings presented in this report summarize 18 months of experience with the 65 mph speed limit in Virginia.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


Other Authors

Jack D. Jernigan, Cheryl W. Lynn

Last updated: December 27, 2023

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