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H.B. 83 Enrolled





Chief Sponsor: James A. Dunnigan

Senate Sponsor: Scott K. Jenkins

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies the Traffic Code by amending provisions relating to establishing
             10      speed limits on state highways.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    expands the portion of Interstate 15 where the Department of Transportation may
             14      establish a posted speed limit that exceeds 75 miles per hour;
             15          .    adds a portion of Interstate 80 and Interstate 84 where the Department of
             16      Transportation may establish a posted speed limit that exceeds 75 miles per hour;
             17      and
             18          .    makes technical changes.
             19      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             20          None
             21      Other Special Clauses:
             22          None
             23      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             24      AMENDS:
             25          41-6a-602, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 350
             27      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             28          Section 1. Section 41-6a-602 is amended to read:
             29           41-6a-602. Speed limits established on state highways.

             30          (1) (a) The Department of Transportation shall determine the reasonable and safe speed
             31      limit for each highway or section of highway under its jurisdiction.
             32          (b) For each highway or section of highway, each speed limit shall be based on a traffic
             33      engineering and safety study consistent with the requirements and recommendations in the
             34      most current version of the "Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices."
             35          (c) The traffic engineering and safety studies shall include:
             36          (i) the design speed;
             37          (ii) prevailing vehicle speeds;
             38          (iii) accident history;
             39          (iv) highway, traffic, and roadside conditions; and
             40          (v) other highway safety factors.
             41          (2) In addition to the provisions of Subsection (1), the Department of Transportation
             42      may establish different speed limits on a highway or section of highway based on:
             43          (a) time of day;
             44          (b) highway construction;
             45          (c) type of vehicle;
             46          (d) weather conditions; and
             47          (e) other highway safety factors.
             48          (3) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (3)(b) and (c), a posted speed limit may not
             49      exceed 65 miles per hour.
             50          (b) Except as provided in Subsection (3)(c), a posted speed limit on a freeway or other
             51      limited access highway may not exceed 75 miles per hour.
             52          (c) (i) The [department] Department of Transportation may establish a posted speed
             53      limit on a freeway or other limited access highway that exceeds the maximum speed limit in
             54      Subsection (3)(b) if the speed limit is[: (A)] based on a highway traffic engineering and safety
             55      study[; and (B) is] and located on:
             56          (A) a portion of Interstate 15 that is between milepost [222] 244 and milepost [64.] 24
             57      or between milepost 366 and the Utah-Idaho state line;

             58          (B) a portion of Interstate 80 that is between milepost 99 and the Utah-Nevada state
             59      line; or
             60          (C) a portion of Interstate 84 that is between the Tremonton Interchange and the
             61      Utah-Idaho state line.
             62          [(ii) The department shall consider the roadway geometry and population density that
             63      may be appropriate for a higher speed limit when establishing a speed limit under this
             64      Subsection (3)(c).]
             65          [(iii)] (ii) If the [department] Department of Transportation establishes a posted speed
             66      limit that exceeds the limit under Subsection (3)(b), the [department] Department of
             67      Transportation shall evaluate the results and impacts of increasing a speed limit under this
             68      Subsection (3)(c).
             69          [(iv)] (iii) The [department] Department of Transportation shall report the findings of
             70      an evaluation conducted under Subsection [(3)(c)(iii)] (3)(c)(ii) to the Transportation Interim
             71      Committee no later than one year after a speed limit has been imposed under this Subsection
             72      (3)(c).
             73          (d) This Subsection (3) is an exception to the provisions of Subsections (1) and (2).
             74          (4) When establishing or changing a speed limit, the Department of Transportation
             75      shall consult with the following entities prior to erecting or changing a speed limit sign:
             76          (a) the county for state highways in an unincorporated area of the county;
             77          (b) the municipality for state highways within the municipality's incorporated area;
             78          (c) the Department of Public Safety; and
             79          (d) the Transportation Commission.
             80          (5) The speed limit is effective when appropriate signs giving notice are erected along
             81      the highway or section of the highway.

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