in Oregon might soon be able to drive a little faster under a bill
given final approval by state lawmakers Aug. 22.
measure would allow the Oregon Transportation Department to raise
the speed limit on certain sections of rural interstates to 65 mph
for trucks and 70 mph for cars. Those limits are currently 55 and
sponsored by Rep. Mitch Greenlick, D-Portland, narrowly passed the
Senate 16-14 after blowing through the House 46-13. It now heads
to Gov. Ted Kulongoski.
bill’s passage would not guarantee higher speeds, The Statesman
the bill, a community would have to request that ODOT conduct a
study. If the agency determined it would be safe to increase the
speed on a specific stretch of highway, the state could do so.
bill would not affect the 55 mph limit on interstates in Portland,
Salem, Eugene and other urban areas.