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Ask The Times: Why do the speed limits change so much on Ga. 400?
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If you’ve been wondering about something in your community, Ask The Times is your place to get answers. The following question was submitted by a reader and answered through the efforts of our news staff.

Why do the speed limits change so much on Ga. 400? It is 55 where it should be 65 (fewer traffic lights) and it is 65 where it should be 55 (more traffic lights).

A paving project by the Georgia Department of Transportation is the reason for the lower speed limit for some portions of Ga. 400, DOT spokesman Mohamed Arafa said in an email.

“The speed limit has been lowered to 55 mph for the safety of both the traveling public and construction workers,” Arafa said. “We first started only having it lowered around the bridge, but now the project is moving into construction along the entire 14-mile corridor from McFarland to (Ga.) 306.”

He added that “the temporary speed limit in the work zone will be 55 mph for the upcoming concrete paving, which is expected to take 1 ½ to 2 years to complete. Outside the project limits the speed limit is 65 mph. Paving is expected to begin in mid-May.”

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