2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
February 9, 2015 - Introduced by Senators LeMahieu,
Wanggaard, Farrow, Gudex,
Lasee, Lazich, L. Taylor, Tiffany and Vukmir, cosponsored by
Representatives Tittl, August, Ballweg, Brandtjen, R. Brooks, Craig,
Czaja, Gannon, Horlacher, Hutton, Jagler, Jarchow, Kapenga, Kerkman,
Kleefisch, Knodl, Knudson, Kooyenga, Kuglitsch, Milroy, Mursau, J. Ott,
Quinn, Ripp, Rohrkaste, Skowronski, Thiesfeldt, Vorpagel and
Weatherston. Referred to Committee on Transportation and Veterans
1An Act to amend
346.57 (4) (gm) of the statutes; relating to: the maximum
2speed limit on freeways and expressways.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, the maximum speed limit on any freeway or expressway in
this state is 65 miles per hour. A "freeway" is defined as any state trunk highway
with four or more lanes of traffic separated by a barrier or median (a paved or
landscaped strip between opposing traffic) that gives preference to through traffic
by limiting access to only interchanges. An "expressway" is also defined as any state
trunk highway, but only a state trunk highway that the Department of
Transportation (DOT) determines has four or more lanes of traffic separated by a
barrier or median that gives preference to through traffic by use of interchanges or
by limiting at-grade access to selected public roads and driveways.
This bill increases the maximum speed limit on freeways and expressways from
65 miles per hour to 70 miles per hour. This speed limit of 70 miles per hour does not
take effect until DOT posts the limit by official traffic signs.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
346.57 (4) (gm) of the statutes is amended to read:
miles per hour on any freeway or 2