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HF 3820

as introduced - 86th Legislature (2009 - 2010) Posted on 05/03/2010 11:05am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to traffic regulations; regulating engine braking on trunk highways;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2008, sections 169.011, by adding a subdivision;
169.67, by adding a subdivision.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 169.011, is amended by adding a
subdivision to read:

new text begin Subd. 36a. new text end

new text begin Interstate connector. new text end

new text begin (a) "Interstate connector" means a segment of
a noninterstate trunk highway that (1) is not a freeway, as defined in section 160.02,
subdivision 19; (2) has a segment length of no more than three miles; (3) includes at each
endpoint of the segment, an interchange with an interstate highway; (4) is built up with at
least five visible dwelling houses having property limits situated within 100 feet of the
nearest right-of-way limit of the segment, regardless of whether the highway segment is
directly accessible to that property; and (5) meets the requirements of paragraph (b).
new text end

new text begin (b) A segment identified under paragraph (a) is an "interstate connector" only if
an additional interchange directly connecting the two interstate highways identified in
paragraph (a), clause (3), is located within three miles of each endpoint of the segment.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 169.67, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Engine brake restrictions. new text end

new text begin (a) For purposes of this subdivision, "engine
brake" means any device that uses the engine and transmission to impede the forward
motion of a motor vehicle by compression of the engine.
new text end

new text begin (b) A statutory or home rule charter city or town may request the commissioner of
transportation to prohibit use of an engine brake on an interstate connector during the hours
of 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Upon submission of the request by the city to the commissioner,
the commissioner shall establish the prohibition and erect the appropriate signs.
new text end

new text begin (c) A city or town may submit the prohibition request under paragraph (b) only upon
publishing notice and posting on the local unit of government Web site, information
concerning the proposed prohibition; providing a method for submission of written
comments on the proposal; holding a public hearing on the proposal at a reasonable
time and location, which may take place at the same time as a regular hearing if public
testimony is taken; and adopting a resolution identifying the segment and supporting the
engine brake prohibition.
new text end

new text begin (d) The operator of a motor vehicle may not use an engine brake on a trunk highway
if such brakes are prohibited as provided in this subdivision.
new text end