• Jun 8th 2012 at 10:39AM
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A new highway that connects two of Texas' biggest cities could contain the fastest posted speed limit in the United States.

State officials are studying a proposal that would allow a speed limit of 85 miles per hour on a stretch of State Highway 130, a north-south toll road that will run between San Antonio and Austin when it opens later this year.

Most of the road is expected to have an 80 mph standard.

Last year, the Texas Legislature passed a bill later signed by Gov. Rick Perry that allowed speeds of up to 85 mph on highways originally designed to accommodate such speeds.

State Highway 130 is a new toll road that runs parallel to a congestion-plagued stretch of Interstate 35 for 89 miles between the two cities.

Some officials worry that higher speeds will result in more fatal accidents, but Darren McDaniel, the management director of the Texas Department of Transportation, said that consistency will keep motorists safer while speaking at a road safety conference earlier this week.

"The more people we can get to travel a uniform speed, the safer are the conditions that will exist," he said.

The highest current speed limits found in the U.S. are 80 mph on several rural roads in Texas and Utah.


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      Ted Smith
      • 3 Years Ago
      85 MPH? EXCELLENT, BUT IT COULD BE HIGHER. THE HIGHEST SPEED LIMIT IN THE WORLD IS IN POLAND.......140 KPH, OR APPX. 87 MPH. AND IN GERMANY, THERE'S NO SPEED LIMIT AT ALL ON THE AUTOBAHN. AND THOSE ROADS IN EUROPE ARE NOT AS GOOD AS OURS!
      harmonie555
      • 3 Years Ago
      I guess fuel efficiency is of no concern to the yeehaws in Texas....
        Brenda
        • 3 Years Ago
        @harmonie555
        Its a Texan thing! Ha Ha We just make our own! We have barrles and barrels and barrels and b...arr..el..s..(well you get the idea).. of the stuff here. We all drive SUV's and trucks if not a jeep of some sort. Most of us have our very own oil well on our land. So no...I guess Texans arent really THAT concerned with "fuel efficiency". We make enough money...we dont have to.. We got it all here. We've BEEN telling the haters (like you) we dont NEED anything we dont produce ourselves. We got it made. Best place to live in the WORLD! God blessed Texas. And God blessed me for making me a Texan =)
      • 3 Years Ago
      A speed limit causing fatal accidents is like a spoon causing obesity! Quit texting and drive!
      Hold Your Horses
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ever'thang's bigger in Texus- including the number of dumb idears. Guess it's a good way to weed out the dumbest people. The sad part is that their passengers will go with them- when they have a blow out, accidentally weave a little, or make any other less than perfect driving mistake.
      Larry Kennell
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you put the speed limit up to 85, they eill go 90-100 or more. SPEED KILLS. If you do up the speed limit, people will have to mahe sure that their tires can handle those speeds.
      adika3z
      • 3 Years Ago
      not cooooool, not safety, go back to 55 to 60 speed limit, 80 to 85 is too dangerous, more accidents, more dies, more hurts, more speed tickets, more junkieyards, more crashed, etc etc
      immsirish1
      • 3 Years Ago
      And best of all, we will still be able to text while driving 85 mph !
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think all will be OK. From my visits to Texas, they seem to know how to drive smoothly in traffic at high speeds. I say go for it!
      grady.philpott
      • 2 Years Ago
      I live in New Mexico and our speed limits on most of the interstates is 75, with lower speed limits in more congested areas. I can tell you from experience that driving 80-90mph is no trouble whatsoever when you're talking about long stretches of straight, mostly flat four-lane highway. For people who live in areas of the country that are congested and highways don't allow for such speeds don't really comprehend how it is driving at these speeds when there is nothing around for miles and miles, but when you live in these wide open spaces, it becomes abundantly clear. If I'm lucky, I'll never have to drive across Texas again, as I've done too many times to count in the years that my parents were alive living in Louisiana. Whatever Texas decides to do with speed limits, I'd just like to see them do away with special night time driving speeds. In my experience, that's the most needless law relative to highway speed limits.
      cjtnnr
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now they need to set the speed to 85 on 10 between San Antonio and Elpaso. That would be great I don't know how many miles it is but seem like forever
      jamestaylorm
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's all ready 70mph on most two lane country roads.
      xfk
      • 3 Years Ago
      If your out in the open roads I dont see a problum with it . Some drives are just long and dumb doing 65! like people are not driving 80 now
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