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A Tool to Aid Practitioners in Determining Appropriate Speed Limit Recommendations

FHWA offers FREE technical assistance to State and local agencies that are interested in learning more about using USLIMITS2 or setting safe speed limits. This includes answering questions, providing in-person workshops, providing virtual workshops held via web conference, and giving presentations. To request technical assistance, send an email to

USLIMITS2 is a web-based expert system tool designed to help practitioners with conducting an engineering study for setting reasonable, safe, and consistent speed limits for specific segments of roads.

USLIMITS2 was developed based on research through National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Project 3-67. An expert panel, comprised of experienced traffic engineers and other subject matter experts, provided input to the development of the decision rules and logic flow employed within the tool. USLIMITS2 considers all major factors used by practitioners to make engineering judgment in determining an appropriate speed limit. This includes: operating speed (50th and 85th percentile), annual average daily traffic, roadway characteristics and geometric conditions, level of development in the area around the road, crash and injury rates, presence of on-street parking, and extent of ped/bike activity, as well as several others depending on the road type.  For detailed information on the input factors and the expert system decision rules, please refer to the User GuideNCHRP 3-67 report, and Decision Rules documentation.

USLIMITS2 is applicable to all types of roads; however, it is not applicable to school zones, construction zones, or roads with variable speed limits that are raised or lowered based on weather, traffic conditions, or other factors. Engineering experience and knowledge should be used in collecting the required information and when interpreting the results.

For help with using USLIMITS2 or questions about setting appropriate speed limits, please email

Disclaimer: The U.S. Government assumes no liability for the use of the information contained in this tool. This tool does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation.


Before beginning a new project, it is recommended that you read through the User Guide and be prepared to enter the necessary data (e.g., 50th and 85th percentile speed, roadway characteristics, and crash history). If the segment you are studying is a new route, the system will not require this data, but it is recommended that the statutory speed be posted on new routes until such time that reliable data on operating speed, crashes, and other factors can be collected.

After entering all project information you will have the opportunity to save the recommendation report. You also can save the project file and upload it in the system at a later time to revise your project if needed.

To understand how USLIMITS2 arrived at the recommended speed limit, review the Decision Rules.



If you have any questions about USLIMITS2 or setting safe speed limits, or experience any technical difficulties while using this program, find any bugs, or have suggestions for improving USLIMITS2, please send an email to