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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2012 2:00:33 PM

Just about any place where people travel in cars the government tells us to slow down, drive safely and you'll conserve gasoline too. But that's not the deal in Texas.

The Lone Star State says "Step on it!" ...And that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Two Central Texas highways will see speed limit increases after the Texas Transportation Commission approved 80 mph designations for 54 miles of roadway in the Austin area. The increased speed limits were approved for segments of SH 130 from Georgetown to Mustang Ridge and SH 45SE from Mustang Ridge to I-35 in Travis County.

The 82nd Texas legislature passed and Texas Governor Rick Perry signed HB 1201 which allows the Texas Dept. of Transportation (TxDOT) to establish...

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lyanMI
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mpg killer
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Wow
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less survivers
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Message Posted: May 24, 2012 7:06:22 AM

Finally, ten over will be 90.
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Message Posted: May 22, 2012 10:29:48 AM

ok
albert2008
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Message Posted: May 22, 2012 8:34:32 AM

time will tell
s6sputnik
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Message Posted: May 20, 2012 12:21:35 AM

Honda ...It is not like we went from 55 to 80! we went from 70 or 75 to 80!
D61
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Message Posted: May 19, 2012 10:25:04 AM

Good
studebaker1940
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Message Posted: May 19, 2012 10:05:45 AM

Look out for Jack Rabbits sleeping on the warm pavement at night
kirzon484
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2012 5:30:51 PM

agree with Go4EVA. better enforcement of minimum speed limits for these roads is needed.
gawxnative
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2012 3:27:05 PM

They are good where they are needed to keep folks idea of "reasonable and safe" speed in check
gasokie
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2012 11:56:32 AM

I hate state speed limits. Highways are constantly being surveyed for safety and I think those same guys should determine what's safe for a particular road. And it should be a much as it can be and remain safe as time is important to most of us.
drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2012 9:34:09 AM

Actually honda0105, Texans have handled it very well, some parts of the state have had 80 mph limits for years now and TXDOT studies have shown the accident rates have decreased.

[Edited by: drpepperTX at 4/30/2012 9:35:04 AM EST]
honda0105
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2012 5:47:50 AM

we'll see how many people can drive at that speed after being accustomed to slower speeds. It does take some getting used to higher speeds.
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Message Posted: Apr 29, 2012 9:17:28 AM

now thats different
honda0105
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Message Posted: Apr 29, 2012 8:03:10 AM

Go4: indeed. And it's worse even when those who want to adhere to 55 on a 70 mph stretch decide they have to stay in the middle of 3 lanes or, even worse, the left lane.
Go4EVA
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2012 1:01:46 AM

The faster the better, never could get used to 55 mph since all the hwys were 70 here in TX when I was learning to drive in the 70's. At 55, seems like you are crawling and trips take considerably longer.

The problem with faster speed limits are slower drivers who don't keep up with the limits (or want to putt-putt @ 55). Can be very dangerous navigating around slower moving vehicles.
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 6:32:39 PM

These two highways are toll roads circling Austin as a bypass for I-35. Most of the higher speed limits are in west Texas were the roads are straight, flat and boring. Traveling from El Paso to Fort Worth (I-20) or El Paso to San Antonio (I-10) is an all-day event.



[Edited by: txrojo2005 at 4/27/2012 6:34:04 PM EST]
gasokie
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 4:31:11 PM

I say let Texas do as they wish. It's their call. In 1942 President Roosevelt called the gov of Texas and told him that of the 48 states, Texas was the only one not going to the Wartime speed limit of 35 which FDR had himself ordered and wanted to know when he would ... The governor told FDR "Never" and that it wasn't any of his business what any state set as a speed limit. FDR told the governor that there was a serious war on and he needed to go to 35. The governnor told FDR: "Mr. President, this is Texas. If we drive 35 we'll never get anywhere."
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 3:59:20 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 10:46:08 AM

I can't drive 55!
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 10:31:59 AM

a waste of gas...
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 8:36:50 AM

Figures, as oil companies profits go up.
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2012 11:14:24 PM

Since when have average Texans cared anything about conservation? I mean, we have Texas truck month 12 months a year down hear in the Lone Star State. If you don't have a pickup, you are not qualified to be a goat roper. Well, we don't own a pickup here in Corpus Christi, so I guess that we simply don't qualify to be Texan even though were raised Texan.
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2012 10:21:19 PM

Not good for gas mileage.
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2012 7:07:22 PM

Many people are not capable of driving safely at 80MPH!
AnObserver
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2012 5:17:35 PM

I'm OK with 80 mph
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2012 4:48:57 PM

Thank you for posting.
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2012 4:19:58 PM

Those two highways are toll roads and the only 80mph stretches are rare and in very isolated far reaches. Some of Prick Perry's BS. I rather slow down and save over 10% on my fuel consumption. Stupid politicans
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2012 2:18:01 PM

Great, now put up 54 stoplights.
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2012 2:08:26 PM

Put the petal to the metal.
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2012 2:03:33 PM

Conditions affect speed I will drive safely.
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2012 1:58:05 PM

each state has every right to decide their own rules
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2012 1:57:21 PM

Maybe a good idea but the P.M. on the car?
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2012 1:57:10 PM

Cool
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2012 1:56:17 PM

Good for them.
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2012 1:55:13 PM

this shows that a Rep gov does the right thing..
matthwbar
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2012 1:54:38 PM

I like it...
BurtB
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2012 1:52:22 PM

Flat and straight, and long distances between towns.
Makes sense to go faster.
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2012 1:50:19 PM

if only we had a decent train system. they can go 200mph
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2012 1:50:10 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2012 1:49:04 PM

I drive those lonesome roads often. 80 is great, but don't go 81. They'll nail you.
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2012 1:46:18 PM

80 is typical across IH-10 in Texas. Lot's of wilderness out west. High speeds also along 10 & 25 in New Mexico, and 70 appears the default IH speed in Arizona. Folks that complain haven't lived or driven the wilderness.
k2kipp
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2012 1:43:48 PM

Gas will cost $10 a gallon by the time I could
afford one of these new fangled cars...
camel1
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2012 1:41:43 PM

Go Texas! Waste more gasoline driving faster. This will aid your states oil companies.
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2012 1:39:11 PM

Must be fuel isn't expensive enough. 80? That's low MPG
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Message Posted: Apr 26, 2012 1:32:52 PM

ok
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