Texas hopes that speed is addictive and will drive paying speed junkies to a new toll road that will open before the end of the year. Currently, if you want to drive 80 mph, and stay legal, you need to go to Texas or Utah, and there to pretty desolate parts. You may be able to go five miles faster on newly built Texas State Highway 130 between San Antonio and north of Austin. If approved by the Texas DOT, Hwy 130 would be the first road in the country to have a posted 85 mile per hour speed limit, News Radio WAOI says.
It will be a toll road, and drivers need some incentive to part with their money. Says the newsradio:
“The 85 mile an hour speed limit would be the fastest in the Western Hemisphere and the second highest in the world, according to Rhino Car Hire, a European car rental company. It says a speed of 140 kilometers per hour, or about 86 mph, is posted on some roads in Poland.”
Ooops. And of course, there still are some stretches of the German Autobahn where you can go as fast as you can afford.
(Q-tip to Dipl. Ing Speedy.)