Minnesota Department of Transportation officials have decided to raise the speed limit on a stretch of Highway 65 in Northern Minnesota - raising it from it's current 55 mph to 65 mph; the new speed limit will take effect as soon as the signage is installed - with an anticipated June 11 or June 12 target date.

The increased speed limit is the result of a traffic and engineering study performed by MNDOT which researched past crash rates, physical attributes of the highway (things like shoulder widths, access points, etc), and an analysis of current driving speeds.  The move was the result of legislation passed in 2014 by the Minnesota lawmakers directing MNDOT to evaluate its two-lane, two-way 55 mph highways to determine whether or not speed limits could be reasonable and safely increased.

The new speed limit of 65 mph for Highway 65 will be in effect - where signs are posted - except in  the following areas:

  • North of Nashwauk to County Road 8 in Itasca County
  • East junction of Highway 1 to County Road 31 in Koochiching County