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TxDOT Considers Lowering The Speed Limit On A Busy Stretch Of I-10

If you drive I-10 between Houston and Beaumont, you may soon have to slow down. TxDOT wants to lower the speed limit on a portion of the roadway and some people in Beaumont aren’t happy about it.

If you drive I-10 between Houston and Beaumont, you may soon have to slow down. TxDOT wants to lower the speed limit on a portion of the roadway and some people in Beaumont aren’t happy about it.

Right now once you leave Chambers County, you can pretty much drive 75 MPH on I-10 all the way to Beaumont. But TxDOT says it’s seeing a high number of crashes on a 15-mile segment between Winnie and Beaumont, so it’s looking at making a change.

Sarah Dupre is with the state transportation agency.

“We’ve performed a speed study on that stretch of roadway and it was determined that the speed limit does need to be lowered to 65 from 75,” Dupre said.

That larger segment includes a four-mile stretch inside the Beaumont City Limits, near the Ford Park Arena. Even though TxDOT has the final say on lowering the speed limit, the City Council was asked to sign off on the plan. Earlier this week the council unanimously voted “no.”

Councilman at Large W.L. Pate says he was just going along with the will of his constituents.

“Nobody that called in or contacted me, and to my knowledge anybody else on council, asked to go along with the recommendation,” Pate said.

TxDOT now says it plans to do further study before making the change, and there’s no word yet on when the new 65 MPH speed limit would go into effect.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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