Bill would raise speed limit to 60 mph on some roads
State Senator Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, is proposing legislation to increase the speed limit on rural roads to 60 miles per hour.
His bill is currently making its way through committee and was passed by the Transportation Policy Committee in the Senate.
It still has to be approved through the Senate and House, although the same language passed through both bodies last year before it died in a conference committee.
“We are hopeful that we can have more success on it this year and pass the same language to raise the speed limit modestly from 55 mph to 60 mph on our rural roads that are safe to drive on [while] giving the Department of Transportation (DOT) the ability to mark and reduce speeds on hazardous areas or hazardous roads,” Westrom said last Thursday.
Westrom added that he’s grateful that MnDOT raised the speed limit on two main highways, Highway 59 and Highway 75 in western Minnesota, last fall to 60 mph.
“We’re urging them to use their authority and this would ask them to raise the speed limit on all state roads that can handle it to 60 mph from 55 mph,” he said. “We will see and keep people updated on the progress of this proposal that, again, passed through the Senate last year.”