Everything is bigger in Texas. Even the speed limits.According to a Reuters article, one stretch of San Antonio’s Highway 130 could be the first road in America — and the Western Hemisphere — to have an 85 mile-per-hour speed limit.
In fact, only a few roads in Poland have 86 mph (140 kilometers per hour) speed limits, beating Highway 130’s proposed limit by 1 mph. Of course, there is also the Autobahn road system in Germany, which has stretches with no limits.
Highway 130 is under construction to relieve traffic on Interstate 35, a heavily congested Texas highway. While the 85 mph speed limit isn’t finalised yet, Texas transportation officials are considering the limit.
The Texas Department of Transportation’s speed management director, Darren McDaniel, told Reuters that they are taking that speed limit under consideration.
Parts of Highway 130 that are already built have 80-mph speed limits. Only the new stretch will be 85 mph if the Department of Transportation approves the plan.
While faster speeds may not sound like a smart idea, studies show that most highway drivers travel about 85 mph on Highway 130 already.
Texas passed a law last year that allows 85 mph speed limits on newly-constructed highways that are safe enough for such speeds.
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