Governor Ricketts signed a law today in Nebraska City that will streamline speed limits all across Nebraska. “What this bill will do it will help us streamline and make uniform over speed limits across our state highways as well as give us the opportunity to be able to use the engineering work that we have done to be able to make sure we got the right speed limit,” said Gov. Pete Ricketts. This speed limits bill that was introduced earlier this year by Senator John Murante of Gretna, and it went through a lot as it seemed like every body in Nebraska put their two cents into what went into the speed limit bill. “This bill probably got more public impact than any bill that was offered this year,” says Sen. Murante “not only did we have a public hearing in the state capitol building but Sen. Hughes, Sen. Frisen and myself toured the state of Nebraska soliciting public input as to what the people wanted to do with the speed limits in our state. And the people spoke loud and clear that our speed limits didn’t make a lot of sense.”
Transportation analytics firm INRIX recently released its annual report on traffic congestion, which found, “Los Angeles topped the list of the world’s most gridlocked cities for the sixth straight year, with drivers spending 102 hours in congestion in 2017 during peak time periods, followed by Moscow and New York (tied at 91 hours), Sao Paulo (86 hours) and San Francisco (79 hours).” The report concluded that the time and fuel wasted sitting in traffic cost the typical driver in Los Angeles over $2,800 last year. And as a result of the wasted time and resources, traffic congestion cost the city of Los Angeles’ economy over $19 billion in 2017.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says Kentucky’s 2018 Highway Plan will prioritize spending on more than 1,000 bridge repairs and 5,000 miles of pavement improvements over the next six years. “The recent six-year Highway Plan represents the most balanced approach released by Kentucky in decades for addressing the Commonwealths transportation needs,” says Governor Matt Bevin. “This data-driven plan moves us in the right direction of prioritizing key road and bridge projects in view of actual available funding. I am grateful to state legislators and local officials who have collaborated with our administration to identify vital infrastructure needs and craft a roadmap to move Kentucky forward.”
The largest road project in state history is just about finished. Officials with the Georgia Department of Transportation told Channel 2 Action News the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes project should wrap up by late summer. “This is a unique project for us,” said Stephen Lively, one of the project managers. “We’re really excited to deliver such a large scale project to the traveling public.” The 30 miles of reversible express lanes stretch down parts of I-575 in Cherokee County and I-75 in Cobb County before ending at the I-285 interchange near SunTrust Park.