2006 Code of Virginia § 46.2-870 - Maximum speed limits generally

46.2-870. Maximum speed limits generally.

Except as otherwise provided in this article, the maximum speed limit shallbe 55 miles per hour on interstate highways or other limited access highwayswith divided roadways, nonlimited access highways having four or more lanes,and all state primary highways.

The maximum speed limit on all other highways shall be 55 miles per hour ifthe vehicle is a passenger motor vehicle, bus, pickup or panel truck, or amotorcycle, but 45 miles per hour on such highways if the vehicle is a truck,tractor truck, or combination of vehicles designed to transport property, oris a motor vehicle being used to tow a vehicle designed for self-propulsion,or a house trailer.

Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this section, the maximum speedlimit shall be 65 miles per hour where indicated by lawfully placed signs,erected subsequent to a traffic engineering study, on: (i) interstatehighways, (ii) multilane, divided, limited access highways, and (iii)high-occupancy vehicle lanes if such lanes are physically separated fromregular travel lanes. The maximum speed limit on Interstate Route 85 shall be70 miles per hour where indicated by lawfully placed signs, erectedsubsequent to a traffic engineering study. The maximum speed limit shall be60 miles per hour where indicated by lawfully placed signs, erectedsubsequent to a traffic engineering study, on U.S. Route 29, U.S. Route 58,U.S. Route 360, U.S. Route 460, and on U.S. Route 17 between the town of PortRoyal and Saluda where they are nonlimited access, multilane, dividedhighways.

(Code 1950, 46-212; 1950, p. 881; 1952, c. 666; 1954, c. 244; 1956, c. 364;1958, c. 541, 46.1-193, 46.1-401; 1960, c. 153; 1962, c. 307; 1964, cc.118, 408; 1966, c. 85; 1968, c. 641; 1972, cc. 89, 546, 553, 608; 1974, c.528; 1975, c. 533; 1977, c. 577; 1978, c. 605; 1980, c. 347; 1986, c. 639;1988, cc. 662, 897; 1989, cc. 276, 526, 727; 1992, c. 598; 1994, c. 423;1996, c. 1; 1998, cc. 546, 560; 1999, c. 142; 2001, c. 298; 2002, c. 872;2003, c. 838; 2004, c. 696; 2005, cc. 266, 267, 268; 2006, c. 213.)


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