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Release: Rep. Rehm legislation to improve roadway safety gets a hearing in the House Transportation Committee

Thursday, February 29, 2024

St. Paul, MN - Today, the House Transportation Finance and Policy Committee discussed legislation authored by Rep. Lucy Rehm (DFL-Chanhassen) to improve roadway safety in Minnesota by updating new rules on speed studies to enable MnDOT and localities better to reduce the speed limit on problematic roadways. 

“Traffic fatalities continue to plague our communities across the state and data shows us speeding is a direct correlation,” said Rep. Rehm.  “We know this is especially true in the southwest metro, specifically on Highway 7. My bill is a common sense approach to safer roads and will help prevent more tragedy statewide.” 

Rep. Rehm’s bill, HF 4168 directs the Minnesota Department of Transportation, when performing traffic engineering studies to set or adjust speed limits, to conform to the latest version of the federal manual on traffic control devices rather than the current equivalent state manual (which is the Minnesota Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices). The latest edition of this federal manual was adopted in December of 2023 and includes revisions to the guidance around criteria to consider in setting a speed limit.

Rep. Rehm's Legislation is being considered for inclusion in a future transportation bill.