Two busy freeways in the metro look almost the same. Yet each has a different speed limit. But WOWT6 Fact Finders has learned that might change.
When Dean Bentzinger drives the speed limit on the north freeway others who should seem to pass him by. Bentzinger says, "There would be people passing us like we're standing still"
The speed limit on the North Freeway is 55, yet a few miles south on I-480 or the Kennedy Freeway drivers can legally go faster. Bentzinger says, "There is no logical reason why this is 55 and the other places identical to it are 60 and 65."
Fact Finders has learned Nebraska State engineers with their own speed zappers have been out along the North Freeway. The data they collect will determine if the 55 mph along here should increase.
The district engineer Tim Weander says the North Freeway speed limit probably hasn't changed since the oil crisis in the 1970's.
Tim Weander says, "We just want to determine if that speed limit is outdated. We’re going to analyze what the traffic is traveling right now and see if we can raise the speed limit to sixty"
Dean is a retired trucker who logged three million miles of accident free driving and he says faster can be safer. Bentzinger says, "You create more space between vehicles"
A decision on whether to raise the speed limit on the North Freeway could be made before Christmas.