Texas lawmakers OK higher speeds, wipeout of Trans-Texas Corridor
The Texas House voted unanimously Tuesday, May 24, to sign off on Senate changes to a bill that would permit the speed limit on certain new roadways to be set at 85 mph. HB1201 now moves to Gov. Rick Perry’s desk for his signature, or his veto. Senate lawmakers already approved the bill by unanimous consent.
If approved by the governor, speeds of 85 mph could be authorized on highways built after June 1, 2011. The Texas Department of Transportation would be required to perform engineering and traffic studies to determine whether the speed is appropriate on new construction.
State law now authorizes drivers to travel 70 mph during the day along most rural highways. The speed limit drops to 65 mph at night. Trucks are slowed to 60 mph on farm-to-market roads.
Texas has more than 520 miles of Interstate 10 and Interstate 20 in west Texas posted at 80 mph during the day for motorists while trucks are limited to 70 mph. Speeds for all vehicles are lowered to 65 mph at night.
A separate bill on its way to the governor’s desk also addresses speed limits. Speed limits on most rural highways would be increased to 75 mph day and night – as long as studies deem it safe. In addition, any speed differential between cars and trucks would be eliminated.
The 80 mph speed limit in West Texas would also apply to all vehicles 24 hours a day.
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By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor