officials are already studying which interstates in the state can
accommodate higher speed limits just days after Gov. Ted Kulongoski
signed a bill that allows the limits to be raised, The Associated
Press reported Oct. 1.
speed limit measure, HB2661, takes effect Jan. 1. It allows 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 65, respectively.
bill’s passage doesn’t guarantee higher speeds.
should be made clear to the public that the legislation itself requires
that speeds can be raised only if engineering and traffic investigation
indicates that a speed increase is reasonable and safe,” Kulongoski
wrote in a letter to Oregon Transportation Commission Chair Stuart
Foster after signing the bill Sept. 26. “In other words, HB2661
mandates that speeds be increased only if objective evidence exists
that an increase is reasonable and safe.”
than 730 miles of Oregon interstates are being examined for possible
higher speeds, The AP said.