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Start Driving 35: New U.S. 30 Speed Limit Begins Friday

The lowered speed limit will run through the construction zone between William Street in New Lenox and Harlem Avenue in Frankfort.

Get ready to slow down along U.S. Route 30 starting this weekend. begins Friday, according to an Illinois Department of Transportation press release.

The new 35-mph speed limit will be in effect through Frankfort, New Lenox and Mokena, between William Street in New Lenox and Harlem Avenue in Frankfort. The normal speed limit in those areas is 40 mph or 45 mph. 

With the new speed limit comes increased fines for speeding. A first offense will cost a driver a minimum of $250, and a second offense will be a minimum of $750. Cell phone use also will not be allowed in the construction zone.

The reduction comes after , citing safety reasons. were finally able to convince the transportation department that a lower speed limit would be a good thing.

The $72.7 million U.S. 30 widening project is still in its first stage of construction, which involves removing trees, installing new storm sewers and constructing temporary pavement, the IDOT press release stated. Construction of the new lanes will start later this summer, with the entire project to be complete by fall 2012, according to the release.

Kitty Vancina August 17, 2011 at 06:56 PM
Too slow for the ENTiRE stretch.
lorisstylinghairstuff August 17, 2011 at 09:10 PM
I live pretty much on 30 and this will be a good thing people drive way over the speed limit past my house
dennis August 17, 2011 at 09:57 PM
The speed reduction will help But I also believe for the residents that live next to the road that US 30 between Locust and Wolf road should be designated as a quiet zone and a no engine brake zone to protect the residents from semi tractor trailers from engine braking for the elsner control light. Engine braking creates noise and harmonics that make windows vibrate.
Ed August 18, 2011 at 01:49 AM
dennis, so engine braking is bad, loud motorcycles are still ok?
dennis August 18, 2011 at 09:13 PM
No they are not either are bass blasting radios that is why I believe an ENFORCED quiet zone would help
GEORGE August 19, 2011 at 02:17 PM
Reducing the speed make sense. Glad to see Frankfort is making it safer for the folks that are going to make our future traveling on US 30 a better experience.
Gretchen Kron Dust November 14, 2011 at 02:32 PM
I agree, hopefully it sounds like it will be lowered just for construction. What angers me the most is seeing the flag people talking on their phones or texting! When you're not paying attention to the traffic then it's us that are in danger. Also the people that are driving the construction vehicles and are speeding all over the place, not safe either. Talk about the extreme double standard!

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