By Charles Pekow
Finally, Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) got another measure through committee that Congress failed to pass last year. The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approved S 207, a bill to improve roadway safety on Indian reservations. The bill aims to make it easier to get permits for tribal road safety projects such as signs and signals at bicycle crossings, crossing islands and hybrid beacons. Projects can only allow rumble strips if they do not impede bicyclists.
The bill would give the U.S. Dept. of the Interior a 45-day deadline to review projects, with a 30-day extension possible.