Speed limit increase

Published On: Mar 19 2012 10:36:25 AM CDT   Updated On: Jan 28 2012 10:36:30 AM CST
HOUSTON -

Portions of Texas Interstate Highways to see Speed Limit Increase

Miles and miles of Texas highway will soon see speed limit increases following Thursday’s Texas Transportation Commission action approving 75 mph designations for close to 1,500 miles of interstate.

“Texas’ economic strength depends on the efficient and safe movement of people and goods,” Carol Rawson (TxDOT) explained. “These new speed limits increase highway efficiency while maintaining the safety of the transportation system.”

TxDOT recommended to the Commission that speed limits be raised on segments of I-10, I-20, I-27, I-30, I-35, I-37, I-40, I-44 and I-45 after engineering studies showed that higher speeds could be posted safely. However, motorists must continue to travel at the posted speed until new signs are installed.

New 75 mph speed limits approved Thursday are located on:

* I-10-289 miles across El Paso, Gillespie, Kerr, Kendall, Bexar, Guadalupe, Caldwell, Gonzales, Fayette, Colorado, Austin, Jefferson and Orange counties
* I-20-423 miles across Crane, Ector, Midland, Martin, Howard, Mitchell, Nolan, Taylor, Callahan, Eastland, Erath, Palo Pinto, Van Zandt, Smith, Gregg and Harrison counties
* I-27-109 miles across Lubbock, Hale, Swisher and Randall counties
* I-30-139 miles across Hunt, Hopkins, Franklin, Titus, Morris and Bowie counties
* I-35-106 miles across Webb, Medina, Atascosa, Bexar, Hill and Cooke counties
* I-37-130 miles across Nueces, San Patricio, Live Oak, Atascosa and Bexar counties
* I-40-166 miles across Deaf Smith, Oldham, Potter, Carson, Gray, Donley and Wheeler counties
* I-44-11 miles across Wichita County
* I-45-143 miles across Walker, Madison, Leon, Freestone and Navarro counties

Go to http://www.txdot.gov/safety/speed_limit/75mph.htm for more information on the locations of the new speed limits.