SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Senate has unanimously approved a measure to expand 80 mph stretches of some rural Utah roads.
The Senate passed the bill 29-0 Friday morning. The bill now goes to Gov. Gary Herbert for his signature.
The measure would increase the speed limit on flat, straight portions of Interstates 15, 80 and 84 on the outer edges of the state.
The bill's sponsor, Republican Rep. James Dunnigan of Taylorsville, says that crashes have decreased on Utah roads already with 80 mph speed limits. The average speed rose by only 1 mph.
Nobody in the Senate opposed the bill, but Democrat Rep. Marie Poulson of Salt Lake City of raised safety concerns during a House hearing earlier this month.