TxDOT increases speed limit on part of Highway 6 in Robertson County

POSTED: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 5:42pm
UPDATED: Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 3:29pm

Traffic can be a nightmare especially during the holiday season when more cars are on the roadways.

But TxDOT thinks they've found a solution by upping the speed limit on some Central Texas highways to help get you to your destination faster, but are these higher speeds safe?

Speeding -- at some point, we've all done it, right? Usually at around 5-miles over the limit.

"We did a speed trial and we found that 85 percent of the traveling public was traveling 75 miles per hour or over," said TxDOT's Bob Colwell. 

But now you won't have to worry about getting pulled over for going 75 on Highway 6, between Calvert and the Falls County line, because TxDOT has changed the speed limit.

"We've put up the 75 miles per hour signs in Robertson County," said Colwell.

Not everyone is in favor of the increased speeds though.

Shelvin Williams travels through the area two to three times a week for work and says the highway is already dangerous enough.

"If they're driving over the speed limit which is already 75 that means they're probably going 85-90 miles an hour," Williams said. 

So we had to ask, will this higher speed limit make our roadways less safe?

Bob Colwell says no.

"We wouldn't increase the speed if we didn't believe it was safe. We recently just widened that area and it has a big grassy median."

TxDOT plans to add more 75 mile per hour signs throughout the Brazos Valley by the spring.

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