By Associated Press - Friday, July 3, 2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A plan to raise speed limits in Eastern Oregon is headed to Gov. Kate Brown.

The Senate approved the hike in a 22-6 vote on Friday, two days after the House gave its blessing.

Most of the highways in Eastern Oregon would have a speed limit of 65 mph outside city limits, up from 55 now. Interstate 84 from The Dalles to Idaho would rise to 70, as would all of Highway 95 in the state’s southeastern corner.

According to legislative staff, Oregon is one of just 11 states with a top speed limit of 65 mph. Twenty-two states have a 70 mph limit.

Supporters say higher speed limits would more closely match the speed drive travel already. Critics worry about the potential for accidents.

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