Yee-hah etc, as Lone Star state brings in second-highest limit in the world
Not the subject of an 85 limit. But still a road in Texas
A new stretch of highway in Texas is to become first US road with an 85mph speed limit, the Texas Department of Transportation has revealed.
The new road - named Texas State Highway 130 and running between San Antonio and Austin, if you were wondering - will be the second-fastest limited road in the world, with only some roads in Poland and Germany that have 140km/h limits (about 86mph) being faster. Of course, there are also the unrestricted sections of Germany's autobahns to consider, but they don't have limits at all...
Drag racing, Texas style
Texas has form as the fastest stat, too. It and Utah are the only states with an upper speed limit of 80mph already. Although before the oil crisis-induced 55mph speed limit was brought in across the US in 1974, some roads in Montana and Nevada had no limits at all.
We wonder what the British road safety lobby would make of this, considering how exercised they're getting about a planned trial of 80mph limits on some UK motorways... though no doubt it will be the perfect place to give your Ferd F-Teenthousand a run out...
Some places in Montana in 1996 had no daylight speed limit, only a limit at night. Got a picture somewhere of one of the sign posts.
It was a limit based on "reasonable and prudent", whatever that means. I think in practise it meant 100mph or so in daylight, with good driving conditions. Looking up the dates it was from 1995-1999. The limit these days is 75mph, whihc sadly was the limit the last time I was in Helena.
Some of the existing roads that are 80mph are not that nice (lumpy back road trunk roads between San Antonio and Houston) but then you get back to the freeway (Dual carriageway) and 55mph limit where 85mph needs you to be alert for plod but can be done.. odd times it is both lanes at that speed in places but not very often. Of course it is the freeways that should be 85mph .. but that is not what has had it's limits raised.
Heard many moons ago about "revenue raising forces" where one dog town would have 2-3 squad cars financed by passing out of town traffic i.e. it was their "industry". Never seen or heard anyone back this up though but used to be careful on that count when wandering around.