If a North Dakota state lawmaker gets his way, drivers would
be permitted to travel a little faster on county roads.
Under current state law, drivers can legally travel up to 55
mph on paved roads that do not have speed limit signs.
Rep. Bill Kretschmar, R-Venturia, has introduced a measure
that would raise the limit on paved, unposted county roads to 60 mph.
The bill – HB1299 – was the subject of a recent hearing in
the House Transportation Committee.
Kretschmar told lawmakers he often drivers a McIntosh County
road between Lehr and Ashley near his home. He said the road is at least as
good as two nearby state highways, The Forum reported.
Wade Williams, a spokesman for the North Dakota Association
of Counties, said the proposal would make road upkeep more expensive. Curved
stretches that need lower speed limits would have to be posted, he said.
“You’re looking at a lot of signs, that the counties would
have to install at $150 a sign,” he said.
Also, because the roads were designed for slower speeds,
counties also could be liable for some accidents, Williams warned.