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By Andy Metzger

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, DEC. 6, 2017....Gov. Charlie Baker's road safety bill has hit the fast lane, as the House chairman of the Transportation Committee said Wednesday it would likely be reported out of committee within "days."

The governor filed legislation (S 2217) two weeks ago to lower speed limits in construction zones, and the committee held a hearing on it Wednesday. Under current law, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation can suggest a speed reduction in work zones but that "does not carry the weight of a regulatory limit," State Traffic Engineer Neil Boudreau said in written testimony.

The governor's bill would introduce a variable speed limit, allowing MassDOT to reduce speed limits when workers are present and return to normal speeds when there is no construction work ongoing, Boudreau said.

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