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Nebraska panel raising some speed limits on some roads


Monday, February 8, 2010
The review of 1,135 miles of highway began in November 2008, Swanson said, after a new policy was developed that gives more weight to speed consistency. The limit is 55 mph on those 1,135 miles.
The review of 1,135 miles of highway began in November 2008, Swanson said, after a new policy was developed that gives more weight to speed consistency. The limit is 55 mph on those 1,135 miles.

LINCOLN, Neb. — The Nebraska Highway Commission and Roads Department are about halfway finished reviewing posted limits on highways in the state.

Speed limits have been raised on about 360 miles so far.

The Roads Department's Alan Swanson said the policy on speed limits is based on what is safe and reasonable for any particular stretch of road, plus what would be consistent with similar stretches elsewhere in Nebraska.

The review of 1,135 miles of highway began in November 2008, Swanson said, after a new policy was developed that gives more weight to speed consistency. The limit is 55 mph on those 1,135 miles.

The review should be completed sometime next year, he said.

The highway commissioners often field complaints about roads that have an assortment of speeds.

Commissioner Doug Leafgreen said motorists get frustrated by limits of 35 mph in one town, while a similar stretch of the same highway in another town might have a limit of 50 mph.

"Other states have a 65 mph speed limit on all two-lane roads," Leafgreen told the Lincoln Journal Star in a story published Monday. "I think our 55 should go away."

Swanson said the limit has been raised to 60 mph on about three-quarters of those highway portions reviewed so far. The limit has been dropped on very few miles, he said.

In its highway review, the department studied how fast vehicles are actually moving, the speed limit, traffic volume, crash history, traffic composition, roadside shoulders and roadside development.

The department works with local community leaders, Swanson said, but it doesn't need their agreement to change state highway limits in or near any town.

The Trucker staff may be reached for comment at editor@thetrucker.com.

 

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