Texas considering 85 mph speed limit on a toll road

Texas is considering an 85 mph speed limit on a toll road. The move would make move the speed limit from 80 to 85 mph. This would make a section of the new Highway 130 have the highest posted speed limit in the US according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

There are no longer any roads in the US with no speed limits like on Germany’s autobahn or how Colorado, Montana, and probably others used to have no posted speed limit.

Texas is considering this move to combat traffic congestion they predict on the road. From what I have noticed the general cause of traffic congestion is someone driving slowly in the fast lane so if this would work is anyone’s guess. It would probably work better to start ticketing anyone driving to slow in the right lane.

Straight and FLAT

What this brings to mind for me is what if South Dakota were to raise the speed limit on I-90 from Sioux Falls to Rapid City. It would make the 350 mile mostly straight drive a little more tolerable. It would drop the time to get from Sioux Falls to Rapid from 4 hours and 40 minutes to 4 hours and 8 minutes. It would in the end save drivers about 30 minutes to get from one side of the state to the other.

Other considerations would be the amount of fuel required to cross the state. Driving that 10 mph faster would generally make you use a little more fuel. With how straight I-90 is it would also be worth consideration removing the speed limit all together so you could choose your own speed. Montana did this with great success as illustrated by Motorists.org

What are your thoughts on this?