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City Of Gretna Trying To Reduce Speed Limit On Highway 6

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City Of Gretna Trying To Reduce Speed Limit On Highway 6

By Kimberly Foley. CREATED Dec 19, 2013 - UPDATED: Dec 19, 2013
Gretna, NE - The new Nebraska Crossing Outlets brought an increase in traffic and the possibility of a decrease in speed. 
 
The outlet mall has been open just over a month, and Gretna is already asking the state to lower the speed limit on Highway 6 from 55 mph to 45 mph.
 
"I don't think you could get away with lowering it," said Abbie Scholting, who works at the mall. "I think people would probably still speed no matter what."
 
Traffic is smooth sailing during the week, but it's a different story on the weekend.
 
Shoppers said the speed keeps traffic moving.
 
"Going into Gretna, it's going to be slower, but out here, you're merging onto a busy interstate highway," said shopper Ashley Patterson. 
 
In a letter to the NE Depart. of Roads, the city wrote additional access to subdivisions and a recreation facility combined with increased traffic along the highway "...because of the Nebraska Crossing Mall and University of Nebraska sports activities, we believe this section of highway has become unsafe."
 
The letter goes on to say: "It is difficult for drivers to access the highway because of traffic volumes and high speeds."
 
"Out here, in the middle of nowhere, I think 55 is what it should be," said shopper Michael Patterson. 
 
Some people said a reduced speed limit isn't going to make a difference.
 
"People are going to do what they're going to do," said Ashley. "Speed limits are there just for rules, and rules are meant to be broken."
 
Whether or not the speed limit actually changes, that'll be up to the department of roads because this Highway 6 is a state highway.