Governor Maggie Hassan has signed into law a bill that raises the speed limit on the rural section of Interstate 93, effective Jan. 1.
The speed limit goes from 65 to 70 miles per hour beyond mile marker 45, north past Canterbury and to the Vermont border.
The speed limit will not change on the stretch of highway that runs through Franconia Notch.
Hassan says caution must be used when considering an increase to the speed limit, but said the overwhelming bipartisan support from the House and Senate helped form her decision.
She says the new speed limit is “more in line with the habits of rural travelers.”
The state Highway Safety Agency opposed the bill.