State Sen. John Murante of Gretna says his bill authorizes the Department of Transportation to decide whether the speed limit on I-80 can be raised to 80 without imperiling Nebraskans’ safety.
“I think that’s an appropriate public policy way to go forward, that the experts are making the decision based on data and research and we aren’t making an emotional decision,” Murante tells reporters.
To be fair, Legislative Bill 1009 is about more than Interstate 80. It would authorize the Nebraska Department of Transportation to raise speed limits throughout the state on a number of highways. Expressways and the potential future super-2 highways could have a posted speed limit of 70 mph. Most rural roads would have a 65-mph limit under the bill’s provisions.
But, it is the potential of an increase on I-80 that has gotten the attention.
It’s long been said Nebraskans drive 80 on 80 now.
Murante doesn’t dispute that.
“What the data is showing is that people tend to drive on the interstate, they tend to drive the speed that they’re going to drive irrespective of the speed limit; what the speed limit is set,” according to Murante.
The measure has the backing of Gov. Pete Ricketts who says the bill will streamline and “right-size” speed limits for the citizens of Nebraska across the State.
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