Speed limit on Texas tollway raised to 85

Sections of State Highway 130 will have nation's highest speed limit

Author: John Honore, Meteorologist, jhonore@ksat.com
Published On: Sep 06 2012 05:16:23 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 06 2012 06:35:58 PM CDT
MUSTANG RIDGE, Texas -

Sections 5 and 6 of State Highway 130 will open in early November with the nation's highest speed limit: 85 mph

The route will run from Interstate 10 in Seguin north to Mustang Ridge, and meet up with the already opened section that intersects with Interstate 35 in near Georgetown

It is meant to give motorists relief from the often congested Interstate 35 route through Austin.

"I-35 is horrible," said Kelsey Sullivan, of San Antonio.

"Its like a parking lot. Every time we go there, there's traffic, especially around Austin. It's horrible," said Kelsey's sister, Shelby Sullivan, also of San Antonio.

Along with the relief, the higher speed appeared to be a good incentive to get motorists to use the toll road.

"Oh, that's definitely worth it! That traffic in Austin is horrible!" said San Antonio resident Mike Wilson.

Not everyone liked the idea of using the toll road though.

"I drive that fast anyway without a toll, man. I think driving is too expensive as it is. I don't want to pay a toll," said J.J. Ruiz, of San Antonio.

Some also found the speed limit to be dangerous.

"I've worked as an EMT and I've seen first-hand what high-speed car accidents can do to people," said Rachel Mann, of Cibilo.

Designers of the toll road believe the road is safe at 85 mph.

"The Texas Department of Transportation has determined that SH 130 Segments 5 and 6 may be safely traveled at 85 miles per hour. We are committed to operating a safe, reliable highway for our customers. On any road, drivers hold the key to safety based on traffic, travel conditions and the capabilities of their own vehicles,”  said Chris Lippincott, Spokesman for the SH 130 Concession Company, LLC.