Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman has signed a bill into law that
will allow drivers to travel faster along two stretches of roadway near Omaha.
The new law, previously LB35, increases 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 new law now
in effect focuses solely on highways 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 will 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 highway 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.