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ODOT: Changes to Move Over law, speed limit studies detailed

ODOT: Changes to Move Over law, speed limit studies detailed

The Shawnee News-Star
Posted Nov 8, 2019 at 10:00 AM  

Highlights of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission’s Monday meeting include details about changes to the state’s Move Over law going into effect in November.

Also, contracts were awarded for bicycle and pedestrian projects in Canadian, Oklahoma, Rogers and Tulsa counties. Road and bridge contracts were approved for I-44 and SH-11 in Tulsa County, US-81 in Canadian County, US-69 in Atoka County and I-35 in Carter, Murray and Love counties.

Secretary of Transportation and ODOT Executive Director Tim Gatz highlighted two pieces of traffic legislation that went into effect on Nov. 1. Senate Bill 89 expanded Oklahoma’s current Move Over law to require all drivers on multilane highways to change lanes when approaching a vehicle stopped on the side of the road with flashing lights on, when safe to do so. He also updated commissioners on ODOT’s ongoing effort to study speed limits on rural interstates in accordance with House Bill 1071. The new law permits, but does not mandate, speed limit increases on rural interstates and turnpikes where safe to do so if the changes are supported by engineering studies, expected to be completed early next year, and then approved by the commission or the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority board after review... FULL ARTICLE

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