New 60 mph speed limit now in effect on Hwy 63

The speed limit on Highway 63 on both sides of Spring Valley increased from 55 miles per hour to 60 mph last week.

Crews posted new signs from the Iowa border to Lake City on certain segments of the two-lane portion of Highway 63, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The new speed limits became official once the new signs were in place. MnDOT crews were scheduled to start posting the signs last Tuesday, weather permitting.

The work on Highway 63 covers the Iowa border north to Spring Valley, the junction of Highway 16 north to Stewartville and 75th Street north of Rochester to Lake City. Other portions of the road are four-lane and subject to other speed limits.

The speed limit study and changes have been occurring since 2014 when the Minnesota Legislature directed MnDOT to evaluate its two-lane, two-way 55 mph highways to determine whether speed limits could reasonably and safely be increased.

Additional highways in southeastern Minnesota are also expected to be posted at 60 mph during this season.

Motorists might see MnDOT sign crews posting the signs along the highways now or later this season as other roadways become approved for the new 60 mph speed limit. MnDOT urges motorists to always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.

For real-time traffic information in Minnesota, call 511, visit www.511mn.org.