TxDOT Raising Highway Speed Limits

TxDOT raising some highway speeds

By Bruce Felps
|  Friday, Sep 30, 2011  |  Updated 11:14 AM CDT
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TxDOT Raising Highway Speed Limits

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These are going up in some places.

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by Bruce Felps

The 82nd Texas Legislature passed it, the governor signed it then combed his hair, the Texas Department of Transportation researched it, and as soon as the signs are up Texas drivers can live it.

“It” being raised speed limits on state and interstate highways. Ah, but not all highways and not for the entire length of specific highways on which the increased speed limits soon will be in place.

According to TxDOT, speed limits go from 70 mph to 75 mph along Interstate 35 from Georgetown to Salado; a goodly 45-mile section of state Highway 130 from Williamson County to U.S. 183 in Travis County; state Highway 45 from U.S. 183 to I-35 in Travis County — and c’mon, that’s only nine miles, you can barely get your vehicular groove thing going in nine miles, right Rebecca?; and U.S. 281 from the Lampasas-Burnet County line to eight miles north of the Burnet city limits.

Don’t get all antsy and jam the accelerator along those stretches just yet. Wait ‘til you see the new signs posted, and go.

And don’t worry, Dallas commuters. Just because the Dallas North Tollway isn’t on the list you can still drive as fast as you damn well want.

You do it anyway, why should tomorrow be any different?

Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He’d be interested to see if his old car could even get up to 75 mph anymore.

The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of NBC, NBC 5, NBCDFW.com or its employees.

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