Increased speed limits? Not so fast, county says

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By Austin Eck

In its last meeting of 2013, the Gillespie County Commissioners approved a resolution to protest the increase of highway speed limits.

“We seem think it has more of an effect on the people receiving it,” County Commissioner Donnie Schuch said referring to the decision to issue a resolution over a letter.

Speed limit protest

With the increased speed limits looming on major highways in Gillespie County, county officials voted unanimously to approve a resolution protesting the increases.

Currently, stretches of roads including north and south portions of Texas Highway 16, U.S. Highway 87, U.S. Highway 290, which runs through Fredericksburg and the entire county, are going to have speed limits raised from 70 miles per hour to 75 mph. 

The resolution read and prepared by Schuch contained the following:

· A request for TxDOT to reconsider the speed limit change from 70 mph to 75 mph.

· Encouraged TxDOT to consider the decreased safety associated with a 75 mph speed limit especially on U.S. Highway 290 East between Fredericksburg and the county line.

· Expressed the court’s concern for the safety of residents and visitors to Gillespie County.

The county’s stance and action is similar to those taken by other elected officials at both the county and city levels; however, the court’s action varies from actions taken by city officials.

“I know the mayor on behalf of the city has sent something (to TxDOT),” County Judge Mark Stroeher said. “I think a resolution from the court may be a little stronger than a letter from each of us or one of us.”

The approved resolution also acknowledged and thanked TxDOT for adding additional turn lanes and installing a traffic light at the intersection of U.S. Highway 290 East and Ranch to Market Road 1376.

The resolution made by the court will be sent to Texas Representative Doug Miller, Texas Senator Troy Fraser, TxDOT Austin District Engineer Greg Maletek and other TxDOT officials. 

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