New Oregon transportation laws include more local control on setting speed limits – KTVZ – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) – On Jan. 1, several new state laws will take effect that the Oregon Department of Transportation says will increase the equity in Oregon’s transportation system, improve safety, increase local control and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“These new laws will help us move quicker toward building a modern transportation system that minimizes negative impacts to the environment and serves all Oregonians equitably,” said Kris Strickler, ODOT director.

ODOT is responsible for implementing the new laws, according to Thursday’s news release, which continues in full below:

Increasing safety and local control

HB 3055: ODOT has statutory authority for setting the speed limit on all roads in Oregon. While this has ensured consistency in

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