Legislation introduced this week in Nevada could result in speed limits of as much as 85 mph on some Interstate roadways.
The measure in the State Senate would allow the state Department of Transportation to increase speed limits from 75 mph along rural sections it determines it would be safe.
State Sen. Don Gustavson reportedly has 16 of the 21 senators signed on as co-sponsors of the bill. Gov. Brian Sandoval has not taken a public position on the matter and the state DOT is said to be neutral.
The bill would also allow the state DOT to continue to have authority to set lower speed limits for commercial vehicles, a power it currently has, but has not used.
It now awaits action in the Senate’s Committee on Transportation.