After slight speed bump, Idaho speed limit to change today

After slight speed bump, Idaho speed limit to change today »Play Video
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BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - The trip to Mountain Home is about to become quicker.

After about a three-week delay, the Idaho Transportation Department says it will raise the speed limits in rural areas on many of Idaho's interstates to 80 miles per hour.

The speed limit will increase to 80 mph for vehicles on interstates 15, 84 and 86. The speed limit in the urban areas of the Treasure Valley, between Caldwell and east Boise, as well as through Pocatello and Idaho Falls, will remain at 65 mph.

Along Interstate 90 in north Idaho, the speed limit will remain the same.

And drivers who KBOI talked to only had good things to say about the change.

"I think it's great," Eagle resident, Rob Nielsen said. "80 miles per hour, it's only five miles per hour faster, but that's alright."

"I'm all for it," Trish Burr said. "I'd rather do 80 over the 75."

Burr said she commutes from Mountain Home to her job at the Stage Stop everyday. She said it'll be about a five minute faster commute, and anything helps.

"I have a baby at home, so I can take that much longer to get out the door," Burr said.

This is the first statewide increase to the interstate speed limit since the increase from 65 mph for vehicles in 1996. The speed limit was raised from 55 mph to 65 mph for all traffic in the 1980's.

The speed limit does not take effect until the signs are posted.