With accident rates soaring on some roads in the state’s bustling oil fields, the TxDOT is stepping up efforts to lower speed limits on particularly dangerous routes. Under a recently adopted emergency rule change, the agency can decide in four weeks to reduce speed limits by up to 12 miles per hour on some roads, bypassing its normal review process that typically takes months. The change only covers rural two-lane, two-way roads that are less than 24 feet wide and are part of the state highway system. Traffic spawned by the state’s drilling boom has made small roads in oil areas increasingly hazardous.
Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 12/02/2014
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