State increases speed limit on Elko County section of I-80

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ELKO, Nev. (AP) - The Nevada Department of Transportation has raised the speed limit from 75 to 80 mph on a section of Interstate 80 in Elko County.

The Elko Daily Free Press reported Monday that the department said the new speed limit signs went up this week between Wendover and Oasis, a distance of about 30 miles.

The speed limit was increased to 80 mph in May 2017 between Fernley and Winnemucca, excluding a section of interstate through Lovelock.

The changes follow a revision to Nevada law authorizing the department to raise the speed limit where it's safe to do so. The department conducted studies before raising the limits.

The department said the speed limit was raised in Elko County because the road is relatively flat.

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