bill that would raise speed limits on Oregon’s rural interstate
highways has been approved by the House.
would allow some speed limits to be raised for cars to 70 mph. And
while the speed limit would still be split, trucks would now be
able to travel at 65 mph on some roads, rather than the current
before speed limits can be raised, the state’s Department of Transportation
must conduct studies to determine whether the new speed is safe.
bill had been approved previously by both the House and Senate,
but was amended by both. After receiving a conference committee
report, the House voted in favor of the measure 46-13.
Senate may vote on HB2661 in the next few days.
bill, HB2501, that also would have increased speed limits passed
the House earlier this year but apparently stalled in the Senate.
That measure passed the House in April and was approved by the Senate
Committee on Transportation and Economic Development June 12. However,
no action has been taken on the bill since June 26.
to The Salem Statesman Journal, in 2001, a bill containing
similar provisions was also approved in both the House and Senate.
However, Gov. John Kitzhaber vetoed that bill.