Texas Approves 85-MPH Speed Limit, Fastest In United States

The highest speed limit in the United States can now be found on a central Texas highway.

Transportation officials in the state approved an 85-mile-per-hour speed limit along a 41-mile stretch of State Highway 130, which runs between suburbs of Austin and San Antonio. Under consideration since June, the speed limit had received criticism fromtraffic safety experts and insurers.

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The five-member commission, which approved the proposal in a unanimous vote on Aug. 30, said in a joint statement that “safety is our top priority and tests have shown the designated speed is a safe one.