Speed limits to change on some Ark. highways

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The Arkansas Highway Commission has approved raising the speed limit on some rural four- and five-lane highways.

The agency said Wednesday that the speed limit on about 265 miles of highways through the state will go from 55 mph to 60 mph in the coming weeks.

The highway department studied 87 sections of highway, all longer than two miles. Engineers looked at how the highways were designed, locations of signal lights and school zones, as well as crash statistics.

A large portion of the changes will be on U.S. 167 in south, central and northern Arkansas.

A few areas will see the speed limit rise to 65 mph.

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