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Fastest Speed Limit in US Coming to Texas

Feel free to drive 85mph...
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Sep 7, 2012 8:08 AM CDT

(Newser) – Speed demons, rejoice: A new stretch of Texas highway will have the nation's highest speed limit when it opens in November: 85mph. The record limit on the 41-mile stretch of Texas 130 follows a decision by the state legislature last year allowing 85mph limits on new roads, the Los Angeles Times reports, noting that drivers will now be able to move at the speed of Category 1 hurricane winds.

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Some are voicing concern over the fact that drivers will likely take the liberty of driving as fast as 95mph. "The reality is you just don't survive a crash at that speed," says the director of the Governors Highway Safety Association. But the Texas Transportation Department says it's comfortable with the speed. "We would not open it and post it at that if we didn't feel confident," says a rep. But the San Antonio Express-News notes that TxDOT will get a larger chunk of the revenue from the public-private toll road due to the heightened limit. (Another country has Texas' limit beat by just 1mph...)

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