Speed Zones

Speed zones promote consistent traffic flows and safe street conditions for pedestrians and drivers. The speed limit for most streets is 25 mph. Higher speed limits are set for Lincoln's arterial streets. Speed limits are set to accommodate the 85% of motorists who drive at a safe and reasonable speed.

Requests to Change the Designated Speed Limit

Citizens sometimes request that the speed limit be lowered in an area. A review of the situation often indicates that the designated speed limit is appropriate but is exceeded by some motorists creating problems.

The 25 mph speed limit applies to residential streets, school zones, and congested business districts. This limit still allows for a reasonable flow of traffic and safe crossing of streets by pedestrians.

On arterial streets, speed limits are set based on traffic volume, crash records, roadway design, prevailing speed of traffic and pedestrian use. Setting a limit too low can result in inconsistent traffic flows, increased passing of vehicles and traffic congestion. Conditions like these can lead to frustration on the part of motorists and sometimes decreases the level of safety in an area, rather than improving these conditions.

Where there is confusion about a particular speed limit, speed limit signs may improve the situation. Where flagrant violations of a speed limit occur on a regular basis, police enforcement may be needed.

For More Information

For more information, please call the Traffic Engineering Division at 402-441-7711 or email your questions/comments/concerns to transportation@lincoln.ne.gov.