Clive, Iowa (AP) – Efforts to increase speed limits on Iowa freeways and rural roads failed in the Legislature this year amid safety concerns, but officials acknowledged such moves are popular with drivers and likely will come before lawmakers again.
Several bills were introduced in the state House this session, but all died before votes by a full committee.
One measure would have allowed speed limits of 75 mph on some stretches of interstate freeways, up from the current 70 mph. Two other bills aimed to raise speed limits on some rural, two-lane roads from the current 55 mph limit.
Lawmakers on the House Transportation Committee ended up having more questions than answers, including concerns about safety and cost.
But some truckers seemed ready for the higher speeds allowed in states neighboring Iowa.