Gov. Mike Beebe has signed a bill into law that could result
in all traffic traveling 10 mph faster along some highways in Arkansas.
The House voted 95-1 to approve a bill that would direct the
Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department to study two-lane and
four-lane highways where the speed limit is 55 mph to determine if the maximum
speed could safely be increased to 65 mph. The Senate followed suit by
unanimously approving the bill. The votes cleared the way for the bill to head
to the governor's desk.
Sponsored by Rep. Scott Sullivan, D-De Queen, the measure -
HB1342 - requires the department to complete the report and present its
findings to lawmakers by fall 2008.
To minimize the cost to the state, the study will be
conducted as part of other routine studies on roads.
Sullivan acknowledged the agency already has authority to
change speed limits on state highways. His bill simply urges the department to
do the study.