Local Authority to Alter Speed Limits
H. Transportation & Energy
Rep. Faith Winter, D-Westminster; Sen. Beth Martinez Humenik, R-Thornton
Currently in Colorado, the state Department of
Transportation sets the speed limits for every road in the state – including
local roads. Counties and municipalities have the statutory authority to
raise or lower the speed limits on these local roads, but only conducting a
traffic inspection survey. Colorado Counties Inc. has initiated legislation
that would allow additional criteria (such as road characteristics, crash
statistics and pedestrian and bicycle activity in the vicinity) be considered
by local governments when determining whether to raise of lower speed limits.
While CML supports providing greater options to municipalities when making
decisions, we have confirmed that this legislation is unnecessary.