Thursday, April 9, 2015

You Could Be Driving 75 MPH on I90 Soon


A proposal to allow the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to raise highway speed limits to 75 mph will be decided by Gov. Jay Inslee, according to the Spokesman-Review.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, would allow the WSDOT to  raise speed limits 5 miles per hour over the current limit, but only on stretches of highway the department considers safe. The bill passed the state Senate yesterday by a vote of 41 to 7. Last month it passed the House.

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SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

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