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Old 09-07-2012, 03:05 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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For those constantly complaining of "entrapment" when caught speeding, here's an opportunity to legally drive faster than anywhere else in the US!

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Texas Approves Highest Speed Limit In Country At 85 MPH

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas will soon open a stretch of highway with the highest speed limit in the country, giving eager drivers a chance to rip through a trip between two of the state’s largest metropolitan areas.

The Texas Transportation Commission has approved a speed limit of 85 mph for a 41-mile toll road several miles east of the increasingly crowded Interstate 35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio.

(Full article at the link)
While I applaud the opportunity to drive at increased speeds, knowing that it's possible having lived and driven in Germany; I also hesitate to think of what kind of problems allowing the average Texas driver to legally drive at those speeds might cause!

Still, it'll probably still be worth the risk for some of us who know how to operate a vehicle at higher speeds!

But if you wanna play, you'll have to pay!

Cheers! M2
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Old 09-07-2012, 03:15 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Well 85 is the unofficial speed limit between Katy and Columbus in 10.
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Old 09-07-2012, 03:19 PM
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The 4 or 5 times I've driven the toll road, 90 was the norm. I imagine it will now get pushed to 95. There's never been much traffic whenever I've been on it. I heart the toll road.
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Old 09-07-2012, 03:52 PM
 
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Awesome! I traveled 130 a recently or so ago and it's amazingly smooth and nice with huge medians and shoulders. As long as people pay attention to what they're doing, traveling 85 is no worse than driving 65. Whenever I go to Austin, I have no problem paying the little toll to get there fast and with no traffic.
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Old 09-07-2012, 06:38 PM
 
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Does Hwy 130 actually connect SA to Austin? It looks to me that it starts north of Buda and goes around Austin on the east side. I'm not too familiar with this highway, but why do they keep saying San Antonio to Austin? Won't you have to drive on 35 out of SA, past New Braunfels and Buda, just to get to Hwy 130? You're practically in South Austin by that point.
Either way, I'm ready to open up the throttle!
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Old 09-07-2012, 06:51 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Does Hwy 130 actually connect SA to Austin? It looks to me that it starts north of Buda and goes around Austin on the east side. I'm not too familiar with this highway, but why do they keep saying San Antonio to Austin? Won't you have to drive on 35 out of SA, past New Braunfels and Buda, just to get to Hwy 130? You're practically in South Austin by that point.
Either way, I'm ready to open up the throttle!
From the article...

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The Texas Legislature last year approved 85 mph limits for some new stretches of road. The strip of toll road running from Austin to Seguin, about 35 miles northeast of San Antonio, will be the first to allow that speed when it opens in November.
And from Wikipedia...

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State Highway 130, also known as SH 130 and Pickle Parkway, is a tollway from Interstate 35 (I-35) north of Georgetown to US 183 and SH 45 at Mustang Ridge in Central Texas. An additional segment from Mustang Ridge to I-10 near Seguin is under construction with completion scheduled for late 2012.[2] When completed, SH 130 will run in a 89-mile (143 km) corridor east and south of Austin, Texas. It parallels I-35 and is intended to relieve the Interstate's traffic volume through the San Antonio-Austin corridor by serving as an alternate route. The northern terminus of State Highway 130 is I-35 north of Georgetown. Its eventual southern terminus is Interstate 10 near Seguin.
And finally, a map...



So while not directly connected to San Antonio, it is designed to relieve traffic between it and Austin.

More info here: San Antonio to Austin 130 toll road may be fastest in the nation.

Cheers! M2
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Old 09-07-2012, 07:42 PM
 
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Thanks Majormadmax!
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Old 09-07-2012, 07:45 PM
 
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Lockhart BBQ businesses are gonna make a killing!
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Old 09-07-2012, 09:24 PM
 
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Lockhart BBQ businesses are gonna make a killing!
so true!
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:16 AM
 
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Anyone done a mileage calculation to figure out the difference between taking the toll road and 35 all the way between downtown SA and downtown Austin? Seems pretty far out of the way to me. If it's anything other than rush hour, I can't imagine that you would save any time. (Of course, you might save your life by not having to pass cars in the left lane going 60mph in a 70mph stretch.)
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