Miller approaches TxDOT about speeds

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They say the squeaky wheel gets the grease, and one could say that state Rep. Doug Miller heard Gillespie County residents’ wheels turning loud and clear. 

Last week, Miller contacted Phil Wilson, executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation. The legislator repeated the same concerns locals have after TxDOT’s ill-advised rise in the speed limit from 70 to 75 on U.S. Highways 290 and 87 and State Highway 16.

“I applaud TxDOT for its efforts to keep Texans moving,” Miller wrote, “but agree with my local officials that safety must be the first consideration.”

Both the City of Fredericksburg and the Gillespie County Commissioners Court sent communications to Miller asking for his help in getting TxDOT to reconsider the bump up in speed.

While we can understand that TxDOT’s mission is to move people from point A to point B in the most efficient way possible, anyone who has tried to make a left turn out of a business in the growing U.S. Highway 290 business corridor, or driven hurriedly to Llano on State Highway 16, knows that an additional five miles per hour may only cause more problems.

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