The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development advises motorists of a speed limit change on I-49 within the urbanized area of Alexandria in Rapides Parish beginning on Tuesday, March 19, 2019.
The speed limit between approximately Broadway Avenue north to the US 71 interchange is increasing from 60 mph to 65 mph. The remaining portions of I-49 currently posted at 60 mph are increasing to 70 mph.
It’s been proven that posted speed limits that align with the 85th percentile speed of drivers create safer roadways and allow for a more efficient flow of traffic along a corridor. Speed studies were conducted that produced results favoring the increase of the posted speed limit.
DOTD is working with local law enforcement agencies as this change goes into effect, and advises motorists to be aware of the increase and drive with caution.