California would lower speeds on some urban roads to 45 mph

| 3/12/2003

A bill now before the California Assembly would create a new class of highway with a pre-set speed limit of 45 mph.

AB872 would place the speed limit on urban, divided and restricted-access arterial highways. The state’s DOT or local authorities could increase the speed limit under the bill if the increase was based on an engineering study showing the speed would be safe.

The bill was referred to the Assembly Transportation Committee March 3.

According to The Los Angeles Times, some examples of the roads that would be covered under the bill include Westlake Boulevard and Lynn Road in Thousand Oaks, CA.