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Speed limit forces some school buses to avoid Toll 49


POSTED: Friday, August 29, 2014 - 4:45pm

UPDATED: Friday, August 29, 2014 - 5:06pm

Toll road 49 was created to alleviate some of the traffic congestion from Tyler. With Friday night high school football kicking off, it’s only a matter of time before cars are stuck behind multiple red lights. buses

For bus drivers, avoiding that traffic in town is ideal. Not only does it make the bus routes go quicker, but when transporting athletes to away games, it gives them a safer and shorter ride. Taking toll road 49 would be the ideal road for bus drivers to use when transporting between certain high schools. However, the road’s minimum speed limit requirement is too high for buses. School buses are legally required to stay 55 miles per hour or below. The speed limit minimum on Toll Road 49 is 60 miles per hour, 65 in some places, making the road off limits for school buses.

NetRMA, which is the North East Texas Regional Mobile Association, is in charge of Toll Road 49 and said they had no idea about the bus speed limit law. A professional study took place to determine the speed limit requirements for the east and west side of the toll road. The result was to keep the speed limit between 60 and 75 because the majority of drivers were comfortable at that speed on that road.They told KETK they will be speaking to their attorneys to see if they need to make the appropriate accommodations.

In the meantime, they encourage other drivers to use the toll road and ask that everyone remain safe.

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