The Nebraska Legislature approved a bill Monday, Feb. 12,
that would allow all drivers to travel faster along two stretches of roadway
Senators voted to send a bill - LB35 - to Gov. Dave Heineman
that would increase the speed limits from 60 mph to 65 mph along two four-lane
highways. They are U.S. 275 from Fremont to Omaha and a stretch of state Route
75 from Bellevue to its interchange with Interstate 480 in Omaha.
Sponsored by Sen. Ray Janssen of Nickerson, the bill focuses
solely on freeways that are part of the state highway system but not part of
the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways.
Janssen told The
Associated Press the change would make speed limits in Douglas County
consistent with those on the same highways outside the county.
Vehicles traveling on the routes have been limited to 60 mph
since the West Dodge Expressway was opened in October 2006. The expressway's
opening triggered a county law that prohibits freeway traffic from moving at 65
A spokesman for the Nebraska Department of Roads told KETV-TV in Omaha that traffic conditions
along the affected highways accommodate safe travel at 65 mph.
The Douglas County board passed a resolution last fall
supporting a change to the speed limit laws.