ODESSA – In the interest of safety, the speed limit on rural sections of State Highway 302 in Ector, Winkler, Loving and Reeves counties is being reduced. The reduction was recently approved by the Texas Transportation Commission.
“This is being done solely in the interest of safety for the traveling public,” Odessa District Engineer John Speed said. “We recognize that some will not appreciate this decision, but we feel it is the best course of action in terms of safety. We encourage motorists to follow all traffic laws and exercise patience when using this key energy sector corridor.”
The speed limit will be dropped to 65 miles per hour in the immediate area of Notrees. The speed limit will be 70 miles per hour from just west of Notrees to the intersection at Highway 285. There will be no change in areas that already have lower posted speed limits than 70; for example, around the areas of Kermit and Mentone.
Speed limit signs are being installed this week throughout the corridor. Once the signs are in place, the speed limit may be enforced.
Law enforcement is aware of the change and will be enforcing the lower speed limit. The new speed limit has been discussed with the Department of Public Safety as well as police departments and sheriff’s departments.
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