A bill in California
that would create a new class of highway with a pre-set speed limit
of 45 mph is still hanging on, despite three committee votes to
postpone hearings on the measure.
AB872 is now
in the Senate Transportation Committee. The California Assembly
passed AB872 by a vote of 77-0 on May 12.
reports on bills are due by July 13, but the committee voted to
waive the normal deadline so it could work on the bill past that
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.