You’ll have to wait just a little bit longer before you can legally drive faster along a stretch of Bruce R. Watkins Drive in south Kansas City.
The rains on Wednesday has forced the Missouri Department of Transportation to delay changing the speed limit from 55 mph to 65 mph along a 3-mile stretch of Bruce R. Watkins from about a half-mile of 75th Street to just north of the 3-Trails Crossing interchange.
Crews won’t be done changing the signs until around noon, possibly later. The weather is playing a big part of when the work will be completed.
Until then, drivers should follow the posted speed limit.
MoDOT officials announced late last month that the speed limit increase to 65 mph along that stretch of the highway.
During a study of the area, traffic engineers found that 85 percent of the people who drive along that stretch of Bruce R. Watkins drive closer to 70 mph. Research shows that the closer the speed limit is to the speed that the majority of drivers are going, the lower the crash risk.
Transportation officials determined that section of the highway could handle a higher speed limit.
Because the section of the highway north of 75th Street looks and functions like an urban road, with stoplights and numerous bridges, the speed limit will remain unchanged.