Oh, Montana, how we miss your speed-limitless ways of the mid-1990s. We were carefree and young then, driving a 10-year-old Chevrolet that in no way, shape, or form was designed to travel at its top speed for hours on end. But that didn't stop us, we the "reasonable and prudent," and neither did it stop our digital dashboard from just flashing "85" over and over and over again. We'll never know how fast we were really going, but suffice it to say, we were traveling at the speed of youth.

Today, the search for fast, legal roads pretty much starts and ends in Germany, with Texas a distant second. But the one-time Republic may have just cut the distance between it and the Autobahn-wielding Germans by five miles per hour. A new toll road, part of State Highway 130, is under construction near Austin, the state's notoriously traffic-clogged capitol, and it may have its speed set at 85 when it opens. The Texas Department of Transportation made the decision, according to the Fox News report, in the wake of the legislature passing a law in 2011 to raise the maximum limit from 80 to 85 mph on approved highways.


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      Gregg Alley
      • 2 Years Ago
      They should raise the speed limit in I-94 to 100 mph. Throughout its 300-mile length, it only veers off a straight line a couple of times. That is 300 miles of NOTHING!
        Gregg Alley
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Gregg Alley
        I-94 in North Dakota
          k_m94
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Gregg Alley
          If it's really nothingness (no traffic, police, turns, obstacles for miles) then maybe one could flirt with the real limit...how fast they dare take their 4 wheeled hunk of metal ignoring a square foot limit sign whizzing past??? But even legally, 100 would be a nice brisk pace for those stretches.
      brandon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Finally a state gets it. Only it should be 100+. I would pay 50 bucks per state to be able to get down the highway in a reasonable amount of time. I have talked to many people that have said they would gladly pay a toll for a speed limitless highway. Not to mention, if montana is any indication, accidents and deaths from accidents will decrease proportionally. As when they did away with the RandC law they have (iirc) nearly doubled both statistics after instituting speed limits.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      john m
      • 2 Years Ago
      woohooo!!! NICE!!! But there's probably a tool booth every half a mile right? :)
      BLee13
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice. Big difference from VA where anything 80 and over is considered reckless driving...even in the new 70mph zones
      BJ
      • 2 Years Ago
      The worst drivers won't be comfortable driving 85 and will not. Think about the dangerous situations you've experienced. A handful involve a spirited youngster. No speed limit will change that. The rest involve a distracted or unskilled driver doing much much less than 85. Again, not because of the speed limit.
        Steve
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BJ
        Hahaha! Wishful thinking...the 'worst' drivers have no idea they can't handle 85 any more than they don't know how bad they are at driving to begin with...they will try at least, and plenty of them will kill themselves or others because of it and because of how much worse accidents are at that kind of speed.
      HAPPYSILLYFACE
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think the higher speed limit is a great idea but I would like to see drivers trained in how to enter the freeway at the FLOW of traffic instead of poking along causing the rest of us to have to fight our way in front of the pack of traffic that we should be in front of. It's so easy to do this correctly. Just accelerate in front of the crowd and then slow down when you have a nice cushion in front of them and if the left lane is too fast for you then move over to right. I realize there are exceptions to this with big trucks, etc. but anyone in a modern vehicle capable of doing well over the speed limit should be able to do this. The small amount of extra fuel you use will be made up once you are cruising along at a more efficient higher speed. By not accelerating, you cause anyone behind you to have to go slow as well which then causes the whole flow to slow down which creates a much less efficient speed or even stopped in gridlock. I am surprised this was never discussed in driver's ed when I took it back in 1977. We certainly need more driver's education and I would personally be willing to pay higher registration, road, bridge, toll, etc. fees if the money went to better driver training.
        Justcruzinthru
        • 2 Years Ago
        @HAPPYSILLYFACE
        I couldn't agree with you more. I live in Minnesota, the state known for its "Minnesota Nice" behavior - aka "passive/aggressiveness." I see it demonstrated on the freeways all the time -- I call it the "Merge-Impaired." The scene is a busy expressway, one vehicle traveling in the right-most lane, a second vehicle entering on the right from an on-ramp simultaneously. Drivers share eye contact and the silent conversation plays out something like this: Driver 1: "You go ahead." Driver 2: "No, you go ahead." Driver 1: "No, really, you go ahead." Driver 2: "Well okay, I'll go" Driver 1: "Jerk." Or my favorite...the driver entering an expressway at the bottom of a clover-leaf on-ramp that actually STOPS to look for an entry point...while all the drivers behind him/her nearly slam into them, because they are dutifully looking over their left shoulder, assessing the speed of the oncoming traffic and properly preparing to merge...
        Tony D
        • 2 Years Ago
        @HAPPYSILLYFACE
        It was taught to me in 1979 'Accelerate and merge with traffic, enter the roadway as fast as the flow of traffic'--we were taught to pick a spot BEHIND someone and "zipper merge" otherwise accelerate into the freeway and then regulate to flow speed (the assumption was you would slow once in the lane and have determined actual flow speed.) The biggest issue is lane discipline. People just don't stay right. They camp in a lane and won't yield it to faster traffic as is universally codified everywhere.
      randy
      • 2 Years Ago
      gotta make it easier for the illegal aliens smuggling in drugs, and child sex slaves. way to go texas scumbags !
        cqdeed
        • 2 Years Ago
        @randy
        Try driving on I-20 from Pecos to El Paso. Several hundred miles with absolutely nothing holding you but the speed limit. Well, actually, I-20 disappears about half way there and becomes I-10. An even longer run would be I-10 from El Paso to Ozona. Almost half-way across the state. A state that is around 1,000 miles wide. You would be crying for a higher speed limit.
      Mercennarius
      • 2 Years Ago
      I live I San Antonio and can tell you we regularly drive 80+ on our 70MPH highways. I the toll roads 85+Mph is the norm here. If you can't control a car safely at 85MPH you don't deserve a license.
      eulerckt
      • 2 Years Ago
      About 10% of Texans can't dive worth a S*** at 35. This may help them out of the gene pool at best....always looking for the silver lining.
      jeagle653
      • 2 Years Ago
      Raise the speed limit higher. I've driven through Texas. Can't get out of the state fast enough.
        JC
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jeagle653
        Believe me, the good people of Texas are delighted to see you go.
        lilangl44777
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jeagle653
        I agree!! I don't ever want to have to drive there again!
      Steve
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you want freedom - real freedom, sadly, you have to leave the US. The speed limits are just one example of the repressive public climate here - skyrocketing speeding fines, ridiculously low speed limits designed to entrap frustrated motorists driving cars that are ALL capable of triple digit speeds. So we American Drivers have to travel to Germany to experience freedom on the road - ironic and pathetic! Good for Texas - and that'd the FIRST time I've ever said that!
        festive
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Steve
        yeah safety is just another word for oppression. goof ball
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