With 85 MPH Speed Limit, Trucks May Avoid New Toll Road
POSTED: Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 11:33am
UPDATED: Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 11:44am
AUSTIN, Texas — In a matter of weeks, a 41-mile stretch of toll road with the fastest speed limit in the country will open in Central Texas.
But truck drivers may steer clear of the new high-speed road, said John Esparza, president of the Texas Motor Transportation Association, which represents the trucking industry in Texas.
“It’s going to be a deterrent, yes,” Esparza said of the road’s 85 mph speed limit.
The Texas Department of Transportation has said it pursued a higher speed limit for the new portion of State Highway 130 from Austin to Seguin in part to entice drivers away from more congested highways. Agency officials have said engineering tests demonstrated that an 85-mph speed limit is safe for the new toll road.
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