85MPH Speed Limit Bill Clears Senate

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A bill increasing the maximum speed limit to 85 mph on some open stretches of Nevada highways has cleared the state Senate.

SB191 was approved Wednesday on 15-6 vote. It now goes the Assembly.

Existing law gives the Department of Transportation authority to set the speed limit on highways it builds or maintains, such as Interstate 80 that stretches 410 miles across northern Nevada from Utah to the California line.

The bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Don Gustavson of Sparks would allow NDOT to up the speed limit to 85 mph on roads if it determines the higher speed limit is safe.