BOZEMAN - Bozeman Fire Chief Josh Waldo asked the Montana Department of Transportation last month to consider lowering the speed limit on Interstate 90 around the Bozeman and Belgrade city limits.
Now, Waldo is being joined by other public officials in a letter to the MDT’s director, urging the agency to lower the speed limit for the safety of the public and public servants like first responders, firefighters, and law enforcement.
The letter (attached below) is signed by Waldo, Bozeman Police Chief Steve Crawford, Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin, Fort Ellis Fire Chief Mike Cech, American Medical Response manager Andrew Egstad and Central Valley Fire Chief Ron Lindroth.
Currently, the speed limit is 75 mph on I-90 through the cities. In many other large cities around the state, the speed limit in city limits drops to 65 mph.
According to MDT, a study done a few years ago showed the Bozeman area of I-90 did not need to drop the limit to 65 mph. Another study on the speed limit would not be conducted until the population reaches 50,000 people, which is predicted to be in 2020.
“We’ve had some emergency vehicles hit this year, specifically the sheriff’s office,” said Crawford. “We feel with the growth that we’ve seen and an increase in traffic we would like a fresh look at it.”