Texas Highways Get A Little Pep In Their Step

Traveling Texas roads at nighttime might get you home a little bit faster. The state has been behind the times when it comes to speed limits, but that's all about to change as of today.

Texas is one of the few states to impose a nighttime speed limit, but Karen Amacker with the Texas Department of Transportation says that’s about to become a thing of the past.

“Effective September 1st, the night-time and truck speed limits that are currently posted on Texas highways will be repealed and no longer enforceable.”

Up until now, vehicles would have to slow down to 65 mph while driving in the dark. Starting today that limit has been bumped up to 70 mph. In fact, Amacker says TxDOT are also looking into changing overall highway speed limits from 70 to 75mph, but that’s going to be a case by case study and a more comprehensive long term one.

“The studies will take some time there are about 50,000 miles of roadway in the state of Texas that are eligible for considering raising the speed limit to 75mph.”

For those who may be concerned about how this increase in speed will affect road conditions, Amacker believes TxDOT has done its due diligence when it comes to safety.

“Anytime we consider raising the speed limit we take into account factors like: the design of the roadway, the way that motors use a roadway and other elements that could impact safety such a mix of vehicles that use a roadway.”

TxDOT estimates that all nighttime travel speeds should be removed by the end of the year.

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