The Virginia Department of Transportation announced Friday that they will change the speed limit on a section of U.S. Route 23/58/421 in the Gate City area of Scott County next month.
New speed limit signs will be installed in November to increase the speed limit from 55 to 60 mph. The changes will affect about 2.5 miles of U.S. Route 23/58/421 from 0.19 miles north of Kane St. to West Jackson St.
This area met the criteria for VDOT to consider a speed limit change as set forth in Senate Bill 408 that was passed by the Virginia General Assembly in 2004. This law allows VDOT to conduct engineering studies on limited access roads and consider raising the speed limit up to 70 mph.
VDOT examined the alignment of the road, spacing of interchanges, operating speed and crash history to determine that 60 mph was an acceptable speed limit for this section of road.
The agency coordinated with Virginia State Police and local officials before the speed limit changes were finalized.