Hearing set on new lower-speed highways in California

| Tuesday, June 24, 2003

A hearing is scheduled in the Senate Transportation Committee on a bill that would create a new class of highway with a pre-set speed limit of 45 mph in California.

The California Assembly passed AB872 by a vote of 77-0 on May 12. The bill 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.

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.

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