Speed Limit to Drop on Part of Highway 385

Contact: Gene Powell

Phone: (432) 498-4746

Date: July 12, 2017

ODESSA – After approvals from the Odessa City Council and the Texas Transportation Commission, speed limits will be reduced on about 12.5 miles of Highway 385 in Ector County.

“This is being done 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 corridor.”

The first change will involve extending the 55 mph speed limit about three-fourths of a mile south of the Ector County Detention Center.

The second change will drop the speed limit to 70 mph to the Crane County line.

New speed limit signs are scheduled to be installed Friday, July 14, 2017. Once signs are installed, the new speed limit can be enforced by law enforcement.

Increased commercial and residential development has created many access points along this segment of Highway 385, and a lower speed limit will make it safer for traffic to enter the road.

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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