TxDOT to Test New Variable Speed Limit Signs

Published 06/20 2014 12:47PM

Updated 06/20 2014 12:51PM

ABILENE, TX -- The Texas Department of Transportation said it will begin a pilot program to test a variable speed limit system this month. The pilot program, approved by the Texas Legislature, will have three testing sites including one along on I-20 in Eastland County. The other two test sites are along I-35 in Temple and Loop 1604 in San Antonio.

The new system will alert drivers of upcoming traffic congestion and adjust speed limits automatically by using sensors and electronic signs. TxDOT said the variable speed limit system could serve as a model for other roadways across the state.

“Saving lives and reducing congestion are two of our top priorities,” said TxDOT Executive Director Joe Weber. “We know other states have benefited from variable speed limit systems and we would like to mirror that success here in Texas.”

The variable speed limits will be tested for three months. TxDOT will then consider expanding the system.

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