AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Transportation’s commitment to safety takes another step forward with the Transportation Commission’s approval of a speed limit reduction along US 290 between Fredericksburg and Stonewall in Gillespie County.
"Safety is our number one priority at TxDOT, and we’re committed to doing what it takes to ensure our highways remain as safe as possible," said Terry McCoy, Austin District Engineer. "That study indicated the speed limit could be reduced from 70 to 60 mph."
Speed studies are set through an engineering study that reflects the safe and reasonable speed of the majority of drivers on a particular roadway. This is a sound engineering principle that allows TxDOT to set speed limits that maximize safety and that are respected and obeyed by motorists. In addition to speed checks, crash history, turning movements, and roadway conditions are also considered during the study.
"TxDOT investigates every major crash to see how we can prevent future recurrences," McCoy said. "We listen, we learn and we look for the proper solution. In this case, the proper solution was a reduction in the speed limit."
The new speed limit signs will be installed as quickly as possible.
In addition to the speed limit reduction, a proposed project to widen and improve US 290 to include a center-turn lane in the area is under consideration for development as another means to help make the traffic flow safer and more effectively in this corridor.
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