JOSHUA TREE — Commuters between Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley may have noticed that, last week, the speed limit along the highway has been reduced from 65 mph to 55 mph. A representative of Caltrans said the change was made after several motorists in the Morongo Basin claimed the speed limit was too high.
“There was a concern from several motorists about the speed limit,” said Caltrans representative Terri Kasinga. “They thought it was too high on that section of 62, particularly for people making left turns.”
Caltrans workers came out to the area and conducted a speed study.
“The speed survey showed that the average driver was going about 55 mph.” Kasinga said.
On June 28, Caltrans replaced the speed limit signs along the highway. The change established a 55 mph zone between Torres Avenue in Joshua Tree and past Yucca Mesa Road into Yucca Valley. The 55 mph zone stops just before Home Depot.
The changes also establish a new 45 mph zone between Hallee Road and Torres Avenue in Joshua Tree. There is no longer a 65 mph zone between Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley.