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                            CHAPTER 44-S.F.No. 1150 
                  An act relating to traffic regulations; fixing speed 
                  limit in rural residential districts; amending 
                  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 169.14, subdivision 2.
        BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
           Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 169.14, 
        subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 2.  [SPEED LIMITS.] (a) Where no special hazard 
        exists the following speeds shall be lawful, but any speeds in 
        excess of such limits shall be prima facie evidence that the 
        speed is not reasonable or prudent and that it is unlawful; 
        except that the speed limit within any municipality shall be a 
        maximum limit and any speed in excess thereof shall be unlawful: 
           (1) 30 miles per hour in an urban district or on a town 
        road in a rural residential district; 
           (2) 65 miles per hour on non-Interstate freeways and 
        expressways, as defined in section 160.02, subdivision 16; 
           (3) 55 miles per hour in locations other than those 
        specified in this section; 
           (4) 70 miles per hour on Interstate highways outside the 
        limits of any urbanized area with a population of greater than 
        50,000 as defined by order of the commissioner of 
        transportation; 
           (5) 65 miles per hour on Interstate highways inside the 
        limits of any urbanized area with a population of greater than 
        50,000 as defined by order of the commissioner of 
        transportation; 
           (6) ten miles per hour in alleys; and 
           (7) 25 miles per hour in residential roadways if adopted by 
        the road authority having jurisdiction over the residential 
        roadway.  
           (b) A speed limit adopted under paragraph (a), clause (7), 
        is not effective unless the road authority has erected signs 
        designating the speed limit and indicating the beginning and end 
        of the residential roadway on which the speed limit applies. 
           (c) For purposes of this subdivision, "rural residential 
        district" means the territory contiguous to and including any 
        town road within a subdivision or plat of land that is built up 
        with dwelling houses at intervals of less than 300 feet for a 
        distance of one-quarter mile or more. 
           Presented to the governor April 8, 1999 
           Signed by the governor April 12, 1999, 2:23 p.m.