HAWAII ISLAND – A new, increased speed limit is about to take effect on Saddle Road, also known as the Daniel K. Inouye Highway.
The Hawaii Department of Transportation says it will be replacing speed limit signs on the cross-island highway beginning Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, the same day the speed limit officially raises to 60 mph from 55 mph.
The state says approximately 70 new speed limit signs will reflect the speed limit increase, which takes effect from mile post 11.88 to its intersection with Mamalahoa Highway, or Route 190, in West Hawaii. The speed limit will remain at 40 mph at the Pohakuloa Training Area and 45 mph between mile post 19.57 and 20. A gradual decrease in speed approaching the intersection with Route 190 will also remain in place.
“I listened to my constituents who asked for a speed limit change on the Daniel K. Inouye Highway and I am pleased we were able to make it happen for the people of Hawaii County,” said State Senator Lorraine Inouye, Senate Transportation Committee Chair, in a media release.
Crews will work from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the shoulder lanes starting from the Kona side of the highway moving towards Hilo. No lane closures are anticipated as part of the sign replacements, the state says.
Hawaii DOT says all speed limit signs in areas affected by the increase should be replaced within a week, weather permitting. The state is coordinating with the Hawaii Police Department on this speed limit increase.