Bill Text: NY S03048 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Authorizes an increase in the maximum speed limit for travel on certain roadways.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-02-01 - REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION [S03048 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S03048-Introduced.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
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                                          3048
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    February 1, 2019
                                       ___________
        Introduced  by  Sen. SANDERS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation
        AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to  authorizing
          an increase in the maximum speed limit for travel on certain roadways
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Section 1180-a of the vehicle and traffic law,  as  amended
     2  by chapter 464 of the laws of 2003, is amended to read as follows:
     3    § 1180-a. Maximum speed limits. 1. Notwithstanding any other provision
     4  of  law,  no  city,  village,  town, county, public authority, division,
     5  office or department of the state shall maintain or create (a) any speed
     6  limit in excess of fifty-five miles per hour on any road, highway, park-
     7  way or bridge or (b) any speed limit on any other portion  of  a  public
     8  highway,  which  is not uniformly applicable to all types of motor vehi-
     9  cles using such portion of  highway,  if  on  November  first,  nineteen
    10  hundred  seventy-three,  such portion of highway had a speed limit which
    11  was uniformly applicable to  all  types  of  motor  vehicles  using  it;
    12  provided however, a lower speed limit may be established for any vehicle
    13  operating  under  a special permit because of any weight or dimension of
    14  such vehicle, including any load  thereon,  and  (c)  provided  further,
    15  paragraph  (b)  of  this subdivision shall not apply to any portion of a
    16  highway during such time that the condition of the highway, weather,  an
    17  accident, or other condition creates a temporary hazard to the safety of
    18  traffic  on  such portion of a highway. However, the commissioner of the
    19  department of transportation may establish a maximum speed limit [of not
    20  more than sixty-five miles per hour] on any state  roadway  which  meets
    21  department  criteria  for  such  maximum  speed  in  accordance with the
    22  following guidelines:  (i) seventy-five miles per hour on any interstate
    23  highway; (ii) sixty-five miles per hour for all or part of highways that
    24  are designated by the department, have at least four lanes  of  traffic,
    25  and   have   a  separation  between  the  roadways  moving  in  opposite
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD09142-01-9

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     1  directions; and (iii) fifty-five miles per hour for all other  highways,
     2  roads, and streets.
     3    1-a.  Any  county,  through  an  ordinance or resolution passed by its
     4  governing body, may adopt ordinances setting a maximum  speed  limit  on
     5  highways,  roads,  and streets that is lower than the limits established
     6  by this section.
     7    2. Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraphs (a) and (b) of  subdi-
     8  vision one of this section, upon The Governor Thomas E. Dewey Thruway as
     9  such  term  is  defined in section three hundred fifty-six of the public
    10  authorities law, the New York state thruway authority  may  establish  a
    11  maximum speed limit of not more than [sixty-five] seventy-five miles per
    12  hour  provided that such maximum allowable speed limit is established in
    13  accordance with all applicable rules and regulations.
    14    3. Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraphs (a) and (b) of  subdi-
    15  vision one of this section, upon (a) the southern tier expressway from a
    16  point  east  of  the  town  of  Lowman, in the county of Chemung, thence
    17  generally westerly to the  Pennsylvania  border  and  from  the  Chemung
    18  interchange  to  New York touring route twenty-six, (b) interstate route
    19  eighty-one from the Pennsylvania border in Broome county to  the  inter-
    20  change with New York state touring route twelve in Jefferson county, (c)
    21  the  Adirondack  northway  portion of interstate route eighty-seven from
    22  the interchange with Crescent Road in Saratoga county to the province of
    23  Quebec, (d) interstate route eighty-eight from the interchange with  New
    24  York  state  touring  route three hundred sixty-nine in Broome county to
    25  the interchange with interstate route ninety in Schenectady county,  (e)
    26  interstate  route three hundred ninety, known as the Genesee Expressway,
    27  from the interchange with the southern tier expressway in Steuben county
    28  to the interchange with interstate route four hundred ninety  in  Monroe
    29  county,  (f) interstate route four hundred ninety from interstate ninety
    30  exit forty-five in Ontario county to the city  of  Rochester  in  Monroe
    31  county  and from interstate ninety exit forty-seven in Genesee county to
    32  the city of Rochester  in  Monroe  county,  (g)  interstate  route  five
    33  hundred  ninety from the interchange with interstate route three hundred
    34  ninety in Monroe county to the interchange with  interstate  route  four
    35  hundred  ninety  in  Monroe  county, (h) route seventeen from the inter-
    36  change with New York touring route  three  hundred  ninety-four  to  the
    37  Pennsylvania  border,  (i) interstate route four hundred eighty-one from
    38  the southerly interchange with interstate route eighty-one  in  Onondaga
    39  county  to the northerly interchange with interstate route eighty-one in
    40  Onondaga county, (j) New York state touring route four  hundred  eighty-
    41  one  from  the northerly interchange with interstate route eighty-one in
    42  Onondaga county to the city of Fulton in Oswego county,  (k)  interstate
    43  ninety  from  exit  eight, in the county of Rensselaer, thence generally
    44  easterly to the interchange with the Berkshire section of  The  Governor
    45  Thomas  E.  Dewey Thruway, (l) interstate route six hundred ninety, from
    46  the city of Syracuse and town of Geddes border, thence generally wester-
    47  ly to the interchange with the New York  state  thruway,  (m)  New  York
    48  state  touring  route  six hundred ninety, from the interchange with the
    49  New York state thruway, thence generally westerly  to  its  intersection
    50  with  New  York state touring route forty-eight in the town of Lysander,
    51  (n) New York state touring  route  six  hundred  ninety-five,  from  the
    52  interchange  with  interstate route six hundred ninety approximately 2.3
    53  miles to the interchange with New York state touring route five, (o) New
    54  York state touring route five from the interchange with New  York  state
    55  touring  route  six  hundred  ninety-five approximately 5.0 miles to the
    56  interchange with New York state touring route one  hundred  seventy-four

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     1  in  the town of Camillus, and (p) route five hundred thirty-one from the
     2  interchange with interstate route four hundred ninety in  Monroe  county
     3  to  the  interchange  with  route  thirty-six  in Monroe county, and (q)
     4  United  States  route  two  hundred  nineteen, from the interchange with
     5  Armor Duelles Road in the town of Orchard Park, thence generally  south-
     6  erly  to  the  interchange  with New York state route thirty-nine in the
     7  town of Concord, the commissioner of the  department  of  transportation
     8  may establish a maximum speed limit of not more than [sixty-five] seven-
     9  ty-five  miles per hour provided that such maximum allowable speed limit
    10  is established in accordance with all applicable rules and regulations.
    11    § 2. This act shall  take  effect  on  the  first  of  September  next
    12  succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.
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