The Minnesota Department of Transportation often conducts speed limit research studies on highways in an effort to keep traffic moving efficiently but in a safe manner.  In the last year or so there have been news stories about times when the state agency has increased the speed limit on some highways; a recent study on Highway 2 on the Iron Range has come to the opposite result.

MNDOT is adjusting the speed limits on some sections of Highway 2 effective this week.  The primary area that will see the change is on the Iron Range - between Grand Rapids and Cohasset.

In accordance with the study that was performed in 2017, the following sections of Highway 2 will see speed limit reductions:

  • The 55 MPH speed limit that currently exists west of County Highway 62 will be lowered to 40 MPH.  This new speed limit will better match the speed limit through the city of Cohasset.
  • The 50 MPH speed limit that begins west of Hale Lake Point Road will be lowered to 45 MPH.
  • The area between County Highway 62 to just west of Hale Lake Point Road will now see a standard speed limit of 60 MPH.  (Prior, the area was 55 and 60 MPH stretch).

As with any speed limit changes in Minnesota, the new limits take effect when the road signs are posted.