Oregon SB 397 – Allows DOT to lower designated speed on state highways outside of city limits without engineering and traffic investigation
Allows Department of Transportation to establish lower designated speed on state highway outside of city limits in low-population counties in eastern Oregon without engineering and traffic investigation under certain circumstancesFull Bill Text
UPDATE February 28, 2019: Committee set a March 6th hearing date.
SB 397 was introduced on January 14, 2019 and referred to the Senate Transportation Committee. No hearing or vote date has yet been established.
SB 397 rightfully requires that, “The department [of transportation] may establish a designated speed under this subsection only if an engineering and traffic investigation indicates that the statutory speed for the highway is greater or less than is reasonable or safe under conditions the department finds to exist.” A traffic engineering speed study and analysis is essential for posting the safest, most efficient speed limits for highways. Yet SB 397 makes an exception for highway speeds outside of city limits in low-population counties in eastern Oregon under certain circumstances, allowing the posting of speed limits without the requisite engineering studies.