Officials launch Seward Highway speed limit pilot project

    State transportation officials are testing out a new program on Seward Highway aimed at reducing congestion and making it safer for vehicles to pass slow drivers.

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — State transportation officials are testing out a new program on Seward Highway aimed at reducing congestion and making it safer for vehicles to pass slow drivers.

    The Alaska Department of Transportation has implemented speed limit changes along a five-mile stretch of the only road leading south out of Anchorage. Drivers in the right lane will have a speed limit of 55 mph, while those in the left lane can go up to 65 mph.

    Officials say making right-lane travelers go slower can help reduce "aggressive behaviors" for drivers looking to pass.

    The speed limits took effect Monday and are enforced between miles 60 and 65 of the highway.

    DOT spokeswoman Shannon McCarthy says the testing area is a newer section of road and has fewer destinations.

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