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Resolution 2016-16, Setting Speed Limits

It is the intent of the Montana Association of Counties to seek legislation to allow local governments more freedom to set reasonable context sensitive speed limits while responding proactively to address constituent concerns.

WHEREAS, Montana Code Annotated (MCA) 7-14-2113 establishes authority for county governments to set speed limits; and

WHEREAS, MCA 61-8-310 places limits on county governments in establishing speed limits; and

WHEREAS, the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) is adopted into law by reference in all fifty states and promotes the use of engineering investigations and judgement in establishing speed limits; and

WHEREAS, county governments desire to promote safe travel for all modes of transportation through the implementation of context sensitive speed limits in response to community or citizen concerns; and

WHEREAS, it is necessary to amend MCA 61-8-310 to accomplish this.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Montana Association of Counties will seek to establish legislation to amend MCA 61-8-310 by removing the minimum statutory speed limits, removing the urban and rural district designations which are no longer applicable, retaining the requirement that any speed limit be established only after conducting an appropriate engineering investigation using traditional and/or emerging methodologies and updating the rest of the referenced statute accordingly.


SPONSOR:  Missoula County
REFERRED TO: MACo Transportation Committee
ADOPTED:  Annual Conference, Billings, MT, September 21, 2016