Speed limits going up in the River Valley and parts of Northwest Arkansas

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CORRECTION: Ort, Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer at ARDOT, previously told KNWA/FOX24 speeds in NWA would be going down to 65MPH but later corrected his statement saying speed limits will remain the same.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — From the Oklahoma border to Little Rock, speed limits on Interstate 40 are going up to 75 miles per hour.

Speed limits on Interstate 49 from Fort Smith to Fayetteville will also increase to 75 mph, but the limit from Fayetteville into Benton County will remain the same, according to the Arkansas Department of Transportation.

Randy Ort with ARDOT said the speed limit was changed on July, 1 but it only takes effect as soon as the new signs are posted.

Drivers spotted some of the updated signs near Fort Smith on Wednesday.

“Per Act 784 of 2019, that is to take place on or after July 1, 2020,” Ort said. “We began installing the new signs about the second week in July, and it should take 9 or 10 weeks to get them all in place. Total cost for materials, fabrication, and installation will be approximately $350,000.”

The areas highlighted on the map below in green will not change, remaining at its current speed, while the areas in red are going up to 75 mph:

You can download and read the full 2020 speed limit study here:

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