Texas has approved the nation’s fastest speed limit -- 85 miles per hour -- about the speed associated with the winds in a Category 1 hurricane.
The move by the Texas Transportation Commission on Aug. 30 had been expected since the state Legislature last year approved the 85 mph limit for stretches of new road. A transportation department spokesman told the Associated Press that the commissioners would not comment on their decision.
Many U.S. highways have limits of 75 miles an hour, though some roads go as high as 80 miles an hour.
The new toll road, a 41-mile stretch running from Austin to Seguin, is scheduled to open in November.
“If you’re looking at an 85 mph speed limit, we could possibly see drivers going 95 up to 100 miles per hour,” Sandra Helin, president of the Southwestern Insurance Information Service, said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times in June. She also noted drivers often exceed the posted speed limit.