Hearing on low-speed highway bill postponed

| 7/3/2003

A hearing on AB872, a bill in California that would create a new class of highway with a pre-set speed limit of 45 mph, has been postponed to July 8, according to information on the General Assembly’s Web site.

The bill is now in the Senate Transportation Committee. 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.

The hearing has been postponed twice, first on June 24, then on June 25.