BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - After about a three-week delay, the Idaho Transportation Department says it will raise the speed limits in rural areas on many of Idaho's interstates to 80 miles per hour beginning on Thursday.
The speed limit will increase to 80 mph for vehicles on Interstates 15, 84 and 86.
The speed limit in the urban areas of the Treasure Valley, between Caldwell and east Boise, as well as through Pocatello and Idaho Falls, will remain at 65 mph.
Along Interstate 90 in north Idaho, the speed limit will remain the same.
This is the first statewide increase to the interstate speed limit since the increase from 65 mph for vehicles in 1996. The speed limit was raised from 55 mph to 65 mph for all traffic in the 1980s.
The speed limit does not take effect until the signs are posted.