SDDOT Commission delays vote on speed change

SDDOT Commission delays vote on speed change The South Dakota Transportation Commission has postponed a vote on raising the speed limit on some rural divided highways. The issue will be back on the agenda for the Aug. 25 meeting at the Becker-Hansen Building in Pierre.

�This is an important issue and we want to make sure we give adequate time for public comment on the proposed change,� says Transportation Commission Chairman Bob Benson.

The South Dakota Department of Transportation has received calls, e-mails and letters from people both for and against the proposed change to increase the speed from 65 mph to 70 mph on the selected rural divided highways. The Transportation Commission also listened to public testimony at this morning�s hearing before deferring the vote.

The Commission is considering raising the speed limit on US 12 from Aberdeen east to I-29 with lower speeds through Groton, Bristol, Webster and Waubay; SD 37 from Mitchell north to Huron; SD 50 from Yankton east to I-29 with lower speed limits through Meckling and Vermillion; US 83 from Fort Pierre south to I-90 and US 281 from Aberdeen south to SD 20.

The South Dakota Legislature passed a bill during the 2005 session that allows the Transportation Commission to consider increasing the speed limit. If the commission adopts the change at the August meeting, the earliest the speed limits could change would be mid to late October.

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