A 40-mile stretch of a Central Texas toll road is going to be open for travel this Wednesday, and officials and residents will be watching to see how fast traffic goes — and whether the state’s drivers can handle the extra speed.
The new stretch of Texas Highway 130 will allow drivers to bypass Austin and avoid an often-congested Interstate 35. Its 85 mph speed limit will be the highest in the United States.
While state officials say they’re not immediately worried higher speeds will lead to more crashes, they are working to promote good driving habits, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
Officials have arranged the installation of 3,400 signs that tell drivers the left lane is for passing only — a message also displayed on electronic signs.
According to Texas Transportation Commission member Bill Meadows,
We’re going to have to teach Texans how to drive these safer speeds.
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