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SD speed limits rise to 70 mph on select highways

PIERRE, S.D. -- Speed limits on a few rural South Dakota highways have been hiked.

According to Associate Press, the new limits -- which will likely go into effect on Oct. 10 or 11th -- will go up from 65 to 70 mph on several divided four-lane roads. Those stretches include:

U.S. Highway 12 from Aberdeen, east to Interstate 29; State Highway 37, north from Mitchell to Huron; State Highway 50 from Yankton, east to I-29; U.S. Highway 83, south from Fort Pierre to I-90; U.S. Highway 281, south from Aberdeen to state Highway 20.

The state Transportation Commission is also considering a 70 mph speed limit within a couple of months on Highway 79 from Rapid City to the Nebraska line.

While construction on the new Heartland Expressway is not yet finished, an analysis is being done to determine if the speed limit should be higher than 65 mph, a transportation official said.

However, anyone exceeding 70 mph on the affected stretches is subject to a $200 fine and/or 30 days in jail.

-- from Associated Press

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