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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A slowed-down effort to consider raising the maximum speed limit on some North Carolina highways to 75 mph has reached a stop sign at the legislature.

The House voted down a measure Thursday that would have directed the Department of Transportation to study raising the 70 mph speed limit on some interstates and other roads. DOT would then report to a legislative panel and propose a pilot for up to four roads. The full General Assembly would still have had to approve the pilot.

The bill failed 44-64 after several legislators were worried about safety and didn’t see a good reason to consider raising the limit.

The House last week derailed an earlier version of the Senate bill to give DOT the power for 75 mph roads without a study.

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2015 years 9 months ago

Don’t worry, they’re about to rip up the beltline and the two feet of concrete under the asphalt and re-lay the whole road. Get ready for the traffic nightmare.

2015 years 9 months ago

“Countries such as Germany have this and their roads are far safer.”

Not to mention in far better condition than the crater-infested roads were have here…except in/around Raleigh…where new roads get built and old one maintained.

2015 years 9 months ago

Good point. The autobahn has a 24 inch total thickness includes freeze resistant concrete road and road bed. Very few problems with the surface. Constant inspections take place.

As for Raleigh? Boy the inner belt line just doesn’t seem to want to hold up does it? They pave it and 3 months later you’ve got ridges and cracks in it. Then come the pot holes…….but other sections seem to last quite awhile. I don’t get it…


2015 years 9 months ago

I don’t see any reason or how it could possibly make sense to raise the speed limit to 75. It’s 70 on I-40 now and still most everyone is speeding at 79+. If it is raised to 75 mph, those people will speed at 84+, putting us all in danger. No one is ever satisfied!

2015 years 9 months ago

This bill didnt raise the speed limit, not even in its original version. It gave the dot the authority to raise the speed limit under certain conditions if they deemed it was safe and acceptable. You would have never had to drive 75 if you didn’t want to.

What needs to be passed is a strict pass left only law. Meaning no driving in the left lane, pass and get back over. Countries such as Germany have this and their roads are far safer.

2015 years 9 months ago

I drive to raleigh several times a month for business and what puts everyone in danger is the driver who can’t get out of the left hand lane. If you want to drive 70 or lower that is fine but please move over.

2015 years 9 months ago

Apparently the price of gasoline in NC must not be an issue any longer if people want to drive faster than 75mph….


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