Speed Limit Raised On Busy Freeway

The speed limited increased on the Kennedy Freeway last week by five miles an hour. But not every driver or passenger noticed. One Bellevue woman was riding with her husband. She said, 'I told him to stop going fast and was like its ok, its 65 now."

The stretch of Highway 75 or the Kennedy Freeway in south Omaha had the speed limit raised from 55 to 60. District Engineer Tim Weander said there number of exits and entrances on that stretch prevented an even higher increase. The freeway south through Sarpy County now has a 65 mile an hour speed limit, It had been 60 since the freeway opened decades ago.

Not everyone agrees with the increased speed limits. Officer Bob Stinson with the Bellevue Police traffic unit said, "There should have been more going into the study of it before raising the speed limit.. We were just notified it was raised last week." Police were not consulted.

The district engineer said a traffic study by the state showed speeds could be increased and still maintain safety on that segment of the highway.


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