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Texas Set to Open Nation’s Fastest Highway

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The state of Texas has approved what is going to be the nations highest speed limit. Highway 130 will set the speed at 85 mph. Seems crazy right?

As of 1999, all states are allowed to designate their own speed limits. The toll road, which opens in November, will span 41 miles, running from Austin to Seguin. It will be the fastest road in the country, beating out the previous record of 80 mph. 85 mph is the same as the winds experienced in a category 1 hurricane. A Category 1 hurricane — such as Isaac, which just hit Louisiana — packs winds of 74 to 95 miles an hour.

A lot of people are not happy about the change. In an interview with the L.A. Times Sandra Helin, president of the Southwestern Insurance Information Service said “If you’re looking at an 85 mph speed limit, we could possibly see drivers going 95 up to 100 miles per hour.” She also noted that most drivers exceed the speed limit anyway.

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