Last year, speed limits for some highways in Texas increased to 85 mph. This spring, select Waco-area highways will have speed limits increase to 75 mph.
The increased speed limit is a result of a 2011 state law which allows highways that have been deemed “reasonable and safe” to be eligible for increased speed limits.
Ken Roberts, a spokesman for TxDOT, told the Waco Tribune, “We looked at the geometrics of the roadway — the condition of the pavement, the width, the shoulders — those kinds of things that basically establish the safety and the ability of a particular roadway to accommodate the increased speed.”
In some areas, the new speed limit signs have already gone up.
“The new speed limits already are posted on parts of I-35 in Hill County and State Highway 22 in Bosque County, and new signs are expected in McLennan County in March or April, Roberts said. Until then, drivers must obey the posted 70-mph speed limit,” Waco Tribune reported.
According to Waco Tribune, speed limits will increase on the following roads:
* State Highway 164, between Riesel and Mart
* U.S. Highway 84, from Bellmead east to the Limestone County line and from McGregor west to the Coryell County line
* State Highway 31, from the U.S. Highway 84 split northeast to the Hill County line
* State Highway 317, from Moody north to the southern McGregor city limits and from just north of McGregor to Valley Mills
Sections of I-35 that currently have a 70 mph speed limit in McLennan County will increase to 75 mph once highway construction is complete.
Drivers, what do you think of these increased speed limits?