Transportation: Local Authority to Alter Speed Limits

Transportation Local Authority to Alter Speed Limits HB 18-1188 Neutral H. Transportation & Energy Rep. Faith Winter, D-Westminster; Sen. Beth Martinez Humenik, R-Thornton Morgan Cullen mcullen@cml.org 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.