TxDOT announced last week that three major highways that run through Goliad County will have their speed limits increased from 70 to 75 miles per hour. Overall, 475 miles of highway in nine Coastal Bend counties will see speed limits increased to 75 mph.
“Studies show traffic flows better and more safely when it is moving at the same speed,” said Soto, Most of the roadways that will be posted for 75 mph are four-lane, divided highways and we will monitor these roadways to see if there is any significant change in accident rates,” said Soto, who is a TxDOT Director of Traffic Operations.
U.S. Highway 59 from Goliad to Beeville will go from 70 mph to 75 mph. The stretch through Berclair will remain 55 mph.
State Highway 239 south of Goliad to Refugio and State Highway 183 south of Goliad to Tivoli will be increased to 75 mph.
The new speed limits do not take effect until the 75 mph signs are posted.
“The Texas Transportation Department has been systematically studying speed zones across different areas of the state and, where appropriate, the Transportation Commission has authorized raising the speed limit from 70 to 75mph. TxDOT crews are now installing signs with the new 75 mph speed limit throughout the Corpus Christi District and drivers should see them soon in their area,” said Lonnie Gregorcyk, P.E., District Engineer for the TxDOT Corpus Christi District.
In the Coastal Bend, the new speed limit will be posted on:
• Interstate Highway 37 in Nueces County. IH 37 was posted for 75 mph in Live Oak and San Patricio counties earlier this year.
• US 59 – From Live Oak County through Goliad County
• US 77 – From Refugio County through Kleberg County
• US 181 – From Normanna, north of Beeville, to Gregory in San Patricio County
• US 183 – From State Highway 239 south of Goliad to Refugio
• US 281 – South of George West through Jim Wells County
• SH 35 – From Tivoli to Gregory
• SH 44 – From Corpus Christi through Jim Wells County
• SH 141 – From Kingsville to US 281
• SH 188 – In San Patricio County, from Farm Road 1069 to US 77
• SH 239 – From US 183 south of Goliad to Tivoli
• SH 359 – From SH 44 near Alice to Skidmore in Bee County
Also, motorists should be aware that the speed limit is not increasing in cities along these roadways. However, the speed limit is increasing to 70 mph on short sections of US 77 and SH 44 in Robstown and to 65 mph on a section of US 77 in Bishop.