Speed limit is going lower on U.S. 63

Friday, April 9, 2010 | 10:45 a.m. CDT; updated 3:37 p.m. CDT, Friday, April 9, 2010

COLUMBIA — Drivers on U.S. 63 may encounter a lower speed limit on a portion of the road starting next week.

The Missouri Department of Transportation will lower the speed limit on U.S. 63 to 65 mph from 70 mph, according to a press release. The lowered speed limit will extend from Route AC to Route B. The new speed limit signs will be installed next week.

The change is being made in response to a speed limit study done by MoDOT after receiving a request from the city of Columbia to lower the speed limit to improve safety and traffic flow, according to the release.

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John Schultz April 9, 2010 | 3:25 p.m.

Not lowering it to 60 like on I-70? I'm thinking the 5 MPH reduction won't do much to fix any perceived issues.

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Ray Shapiro April 9, 2010 | 3:58 p.m.

The speed limit on I-63 should be 63 and the speed limit on I-70 should be 70.
Why confuse people?

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Dion Wisniewski April 9, 2010 | 5:11 p.m.

It's not like anyone actually goes 70 mph on 63 between those two points anyway. I drive from the 63 connector to AC and Stadium every week and always blow by people even going just at the speed limit. Hopefully they plan on putting up enough signs to educate motorists of the speed limit because there are currently no speed limit signs from the connector to Stadium (and I know the sherrif's dept likes to sit on the hill on SB 63 to catch speeding drivers).

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Ellis Smith April 10, 2010 | 4:05 a.m.

I assume the "I-63" error was intentional, Ray: there is no Interstate highway designated "I-63."

Maybe there should be such a highway, running from the Twin Cities through Rochester, MN and down through Columbia, Rolla and into northeastern Arkansas, ending at either I-55 or I-40 west of Memphis.

US 63 today has one of the most interesting segments of any federal highway. It's the segment from US 50 south to Vienna. It was laid out in 1925 (no, that's not a typo) by the MISSOURI STATE GEOLOGIST as a "scenic drive;" it follows ridge lines, except where forced briefly into a valley. If you have driven this segment you are aware that there's a yellow no passing strip almost the entire length of it. Where passing is permitted, attempting to do so can become a life-altering experience.

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