Plan for 85 MPH Road Draws Safety, Fairness Concerns

The news that Texas has approved an 85 mph speed limit for a stretch of toll road under construction outside of Austin has attracted international attention. It’s also quickly generated controversy on two fronts.

One group of critics is accusing the Texas Department of Transportation of recklessness for approving the fastest speed limit in the country for the new portion of State Highway 130 that will run from Austin to Seguin. Another is wondering whether the frontage roads running along the toll road are being given an artificially low speed limit in order to boost the toll road's ...

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