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Speed limits rise on county highways

By Signal Staff

With the Nebraska State Legislature's passing and Governor Pete Ricketts signing, LB 1009 aligned speed limits on highways across the state and increased speed limits on most highways by five miles per hour.  The new law does not affect Interstate 80 in Nebraska.
Ricketts signed the new law on April 17. The bill was introduced by State Senator John Murante of Gretna. The law was slated to go into effect on July 19.
Nebraska Department of Transportation workers changed the speed limit signs from 60 to 65 miles per hour on U.S. Highway 6 through Fillmore County early last week.  State NDOR workers changed the northbound signs on U.S. Highway 81 from 65 to 70 miles per hour last Thursday morning.  The southbound lanes were changed in the early afternoon.  Signs on State Highway 41 east off Highway 81 were changed later in the afternoon on July 26.
While traveling the state's roadways, observe the posted speed limits, as signs will be changed on a time available basis.  The posted speed limit on each road is what the speed limit is.
Also with the implementing LB 1009, the speed limits around Geneva on the U.S. Highway 81 bypass went from 55 miles per hour to 70.  The main intent of LB 1009 is to streamline and make all speed limits uniform and consistent throughout the Cornhusker State.  At several past Geneva City Council meetings, local residents have implored State NDOR officials to lower speeds around Geneva because of the high volume of traffic that crosses Highway 81 east and west.  State NDOR officials were seeking to raise the speed limit then to 65 m.p.h.  It ended up staying at 55 m.p.h.
A post on The Nebraska Signal Facebook page about the change has received nearly 18,000 hits.  It also has 38 comments.  The comments range from warning people to be careful when crossing (Highway) 81 now to others being happy it's now 70 (m.p.h.) around both Geneva and McCool Junction.
"This is so stupid," one reader posted.  "Hammer down," said two other posters.  Another post about the move from 55 m.p.h. to 70 m.p.h. said "It's about time..."