Greensboro, NC -- State lawmakers have rescheduled a vote that would increase the maximum speed limit on some North Carolina interstates and highways to 75 miles per hour.
But, even if the bill passes, drivers in the state may not see the speed limit increase, anytime soon.
The 75 miles per hour speed limit increase is only a suggestion to the North Carolina Department of Transportation or the NCDOT, not a requirement.
The NCDOT will have the final say on whether to raise the speed limit that high even if the governor signs the bill into law.
According to a spokesman with the NCDOT, even if the department decides to raise the speed limit on some interstates and highways, it would take months and perhaps even years to implement. Not only that but it would also only consider roads that are currently 70 miles per hour, according to the NCDOT office in Raleigh.
Once engineers have identified which roads to consider, they would then conduct crash testing and traffic analysis. They would also speak with the highway patrol and local law enforcement and get their opinion, according to the NCDOT spokesman.
The department says engineers have not yet identified any roads in the state for the speed limit increase.
If and when they do, only stretches of two highways in the Triad would qualify.
According to local NCDOT offices, those are parts of Interstate-85 and Interstate-40 ; the only two highways with 70 miles per hour stretches.
The vote will now be taken on Thursday.