Posted on March 29, 2013 at 10:19 AM
Friday, Mar 29 at 10:25 AM
AUSTIN -- Speed limits are going up across parts of Central Texas.
The Texas Department of Transportation is getting ready to change out the posted speed limit signs along the SH 130 frontage roads, including sections of U.S. 183 that run parallel to the toll road.
Currently, drivers have two options along SH 130 -- either pay the toll and hit speeds up to 85 miles per hour on the toll, or stick to the frontage roads and slow down to 50 or 55 miles per hour. Some drivers complained it was too slow.
In response to concerns, TxDOT conducted several studies to determine what, if any, speed limit increase would benefit drivers without endangering them.
“It's kind of hard to slam back down, go from 80 to 55. So 60 (mph) might actually be okay,” said Austin driver Sarah Suniga.
The department then submitted its findings and recommendations for speed limit changes to the Texas Transportation Commission for final approval.
According to TxDOT the following changes will occur along the SH 130 frontage roads:
- From SH 45 to Mustang Ridge the posted speed limit will increase from 55 to 60 miles per hour.
- From Mustang Ridge to Lockhart the posted speed limit will increase from 55 to 65 miles per hour.
- Along the six mile stretch of SH 130 south of Lockhart, the posted speed limit will increase from 50 to 65 miles per hour.
“In the afternoon it gets really bad. So I guess it'll get everybody out of the way,” said Austin driver David Bradley.
TxDOT spokesman Mark Cross says the new speed limits will take effect once new signs are posted. Cross says crews will likely begin installing the new signs within the next few weeks. It’s expected to take a couple of weeks to complete the entire project.