In a morning of heavy action, the Kansas House on Thursday approved a Johnson County lawmaker’s proposal to raise the Kansas speed limit to 75 mph.
Rep. Marvin Kleeb, an Overland Park Republican, is pushing a bill that would allow the state to raise the speed limit to 75 mph on separated multi-lane highways. The bill had scant opposition in the House, which moved it along on a voice vote.
Kansas would be one of 12 states with a speed limit of 75 mph. However, most of those states only allow the higher speed limit on rural highways.
Only three states — Idaho, New Mexico and North Dakota — permit 75 mph speeds on both urban and rural highways. according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
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Kleeb noted that it would be left to the Kansas Department of Transportation to decided which highways would get the 75 mph designation.