Autobahn-Style Highway Opens in Texas
- Duration 2:29
- Date Oct 24, 2012
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How they reach 85 Casey why that number.
Will -- you know everything is bigger in Texas so why are our speed limits not going to be the fastest.
In all seriousness the state Department of Transportation settled.
Oil and 85 for the -- hole rolled right over here because it's a brand new wide open stretch of road.
41 miles to -- exact between two very busy cities.
Austin and San Antonio.
The current choice is interstate 35 to get to and from there is very congested and the speed limits are not that -- So now a state highway 130 runs parallel to 35 and get this it will cut -- two -- drive.
In half listened.
We feel like this is a good deal for the state of Texas they're getting a brand new world class highway.
At no cost -- the taxpayers and also we're gonna be providing congestion relief for folks up and down the -- 35 core.
No cost the taxpayers by the way because this was built by a private company and it will be paid for through that whole revenue.
-- it'll cost -- a little more than six bucks one way.
To make the drive and a lot of people say it money well spends when you're gonna -- the drive time and there are concerns about safety what are you hearing about that Casey.
Yeah bill there are you know -- -- in Texas right now are the only two states that have speed limits of eighty miles per hour on some roads and win this opens later this afternoon.
It will be the fastest in the country and experts we talked to with the governor highway safety association.
Say that higher speed limits are attributed to.
Higher number of fatal accidents and the group tells us that some thirteen thousand people die each year in speed related crashes.
And they fear the number will go up especially.
If other states.
-- texas' suit listen it's.
Faxon and I and the concern is that this may spread to other places.
Legislators and other states may hear about this and not know the details and not realize that it's a relatively small.
And may want to increase that speed in their states as well.
Tech -- says that -- data shows the opposite bill they say when they've seen speed limits go up they've seen the number of crashes go down.
I'll tell back to you so it's a whole new flux capacitor happen and -- And there near Austin won again I wanna get out there later put the pedal to the metal belliard get your shot thanks Casey still laid up Barbara.