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Senate ready to vote on 70 mph speed limit

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate is preparing to vote on a bill that would allow Wisconsin transportation officials to raise the speed limit on some roads to 70 mph.

The bill would permit Department of Transportation officials to raise the limit to 70 mph on roads they deem fit. The proposal would prohibit WisDOT from going to 70 on four-lane roads with at-grade access, however.

The Senate has scheduled a vote for Wednesday. Approval would send the bill to the state Assembly. That chamber passed the bill in March before legislators added the at-grade prohibition. Both houses must pass an identical bill before it can go to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature.

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