Higher speed limits will take effect on Tuesday on State Route 15/U.S. 441 in Jackson and Banks counties. Except in city limits or congested areas, the speed limit will be increased to 65 miles per hour.”
“After an engineering study on the corridor, data supports the change, as most drivers are driving at 65 mph or faster,” explained Bayne Smith, Georgia DOT district engineer. “Keeping traffic flowing at a consistent speed will increase safety along the corridor. We looked specifically at crash data and the geometry of the roadway. Crash data nor the curves in the route prohibited this change to the speed limit.”
The change affects a 25-mile long section of U.S 441 from Newton Bridge Road at the Athens-Clarke end north through Jackson and Banks counties to south of Old U.S. 441 except within city limits and commercial areas.
All of the U.S. 441 bypass of Commerce is in the city limits of Commerce and the speed limit will stay at 55. A two-mile stretch through Nicholson will remain at 45 mph.