Speed Limit Increase Coming To Miles Of North Texas Interstate

By Stewart McKenzie/CBS 11 News

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Soon you will be able to drive 75 miles per hour, legally, on hundreds of miles of North Texas interstate.

The Texas Transportation Commission approved a speed limit increase from 70 mph to 75 mph.  The commission went ahead with the speed increase following a review that started last September and involved some 1,500 miles of interstate.

The state legislature approved the speed increase during last year’s session.

But, you can’t put the foot on the accelerator right now.

“Motorists must continue to travel at the posted speed until new signs are installed,” said Carol Rawson, TxDOT Traffic Operations division director.  Rawson adds the new speed limit isn’t official until the signs are up and in place.

In North Texas, the designated roads include Interstate-20 through Eastland, Erath, Palo Pinto, Van Zandt and Smith counties and also Interstate-30 in Hunt, Hopkins, Titus and Franklin counties.

A complete list of changes by interstate is below.

New 75 mph speed limits approved Thursday are located on:

·         I-10—289 miles across El Paso, Gillespie, Kerr, Kendall, Bexar, Guadalupe, Caldwell, Gonzales, Fayette, Colorado, Austin, Jefferson and Orange counties
·         I-20—423 miles across Crane, Ector, Midland, Martin, Howard, Mitchell, Nolan, Taylor, Callahan, Eastland, Erath, Palo Pinto, Van Zandt, Smith, Gregg and
          Harrison counties
·         I-27—109 miles across Lubbock, Hale, Swisher and Randall counties
·         I-30—139 miles across Hunt, Hopkins, Franklin, Titus, Morris and Bowie counties
·         I-35—106 miles across Webb, Medina, Atascosa, Bexar, Hill and Cooke counties
·         I-37—130 miles across Nueces, San Patricio, Live Oak, Atascosa and Bexar counties
·         I-40—166 miles across Deaf Smith, Oldham, Potter, Carson, Gray, Donley and Wheeler counties
·         I-44—11 miles across Wichita County
·         I-45—143 miles across Walker, Madison, Leon, Freestone and Navarro counties

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  • Randall

    Now if we could just do away with the speed traps of Wilmer, Ferris and Palmer we could make some time on I45

  • YRofTexas

    What happened to “55 saves lives”?
    Speed still kills.
    What are they smoking over there at the Texas Transportation Commission? Speed?

    Now lets combine SPEED with TEXTING with DRUGS…a combo that spells disaster!

    Why can’t 55 be fast enough?
    Makes me think of the Arabian Nights story “Appointment in Samarra”. Remember that one?
    The servant went to market. He bumped into death. He fled in fear. Went home and told his master that he was accosted by Death in the market and he must flee to Samara. He left. The master went to the market and asked Death why he had made a threatening gesture to his servant and Death answered:
    It wasn’t a threat toward him…I was just surprised to see him, since I had an appointment with him tonight in Samara.

    So whats your hurry?

    • WeArentAllLikeYou

      “55” was a result of trying to save gas. It was never about safety.

  • MG

    Don’t be fooled. DPS will be more anal and tigher on enforcement. They will be ready to write you up at 80 mph.

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