AUSTIN (September 29, 2011)—The Texas Transportation Commission voted Thursday to approve higher speed limits on four Central Texas highways, which will be the first in the state to be posted at the 75-mile-per-hour limit authorized by a new law that went into effect on Sept. 1.
The Texas Department of Transportation conducted engineering studies and then recommended that speed limits be raised on sections of Interstate 35, State Highway 130, State Highway 45 and U.S. Highway 281 in Bell, Williamson, Travis and Burnet Counties.
New signs will be placed along those highway sections within the next few weeks.
"This is a great start, but we have a long way to go," said Carol Rawson, TxDOT Traffic Operations Division director.
"TxDOT is reviewing existing 70-mile per hour speed limits statewide to determine where a higher limit may be safely posted. We anticipate having all of the speed studies completed by early 2013, so be looking for new 75 mph signs in the near future,” Rawson said.
Seventy-five-mile-per-hour speed limits are already in effect on more than 1,400 miles of Texas highways and 80-mile-per-hour limits are in effect on another 521 miles, but those are in specific rural counties, most of which are in West Texas.
The law that went into effect on Sept. 1 allows the department to raise the speed limits on any 70-mile-per-hour highway in the state.
Speed Limit Increases Approved Thursday
I-35-22 miles from Georgetown to Salado
SH 130-45 miles from I-35 in Williamson County to US 183 in Travis County
SH 45-9 miles from US 183 to I-35 in Travis County
US 281-12 miles from the Lampasas-Burnet County line to 8 miles north of the Burnet city limits