I-10 To See Hike In Speed Limit
POSTED: Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 4:20pm
UPDATED: Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 4:23pm
AUSTIN - Over 1,500 miles of Texas highways will see speed limit signs of 75 mph, and El Pasoans can soon expect these higher speed limit signs on some parts of I-10.
The speed limit change will affect 60 Texas counties and make it the largest conversion since a new law was passed last year. House Bill 1353 allowed the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to establish the new speed limits if speed studies showed it can be done safely. Since the bill's passing in September, TxDOT engineers have determined the areas in which a 75 mph speed limit could safely be posted.
Posting new speed limits on 1,500 miles of interstate highway is a major milestone in implementing the new law, said Carol Rawson, TxDOT Traffic Operations Division director.
“Texas’ economic strength depends on the efficient and safe movement of people and goods,” Rawson explained. “These new speed limits increase highway efficiency while maintaining the safety of the transportation system."
Motorists must continue to travel at the posted speed until new signs are installed, said Rawson.
“The new speed limit is not official until the signs go up,” she added.
TxDOT studies of speeds on U.S. highways, state highways, farm-to-market and ranch-to-market roads are still under way.
For El Paso, new 75 mph speed limits approved Thursday are located on I-10 from the New Mexico State Line to Mile Marker 8 and from Mile Marker 36 South of El Paso to the Hudspeth County Line.
Go to http://www.txdot.gov/safety/speed_limit/75mph.htm for more information on the locations of the new speed limits.