Get ready, speed demons!  A new law went into effect September 1, 2011 allowing roads that were limited to 70 MPH to be considered for an increase to 75 MPH. After a series of traffic and speed studies, it was determined that many highways in Texas and elsewhere should be upgraded to 75.  The Texas Transportation Commission approved the speed limit change in December.   9,000 miles across the state are part of this round of increases.

TxDOT Wichita Falls crews will start installing some new 75 MPH speed limit signs today.  According to TxDOT public information officer Adele Lewis, U.S.  287 (in Wichita and Wilbarger Counties) from the Hardeman County line to near Loop 11 in Wichita Falls will get the 75 MPH signs starting today.  Later in the week, TxDOT Maintenance forces will proceed with changing the speed limit on US 287 East of Wichita Falls to the Wise County line and US 277/US 82 in Archer and Baylor Counties.  Lewis reminds motorists that the speed limit increase does not become effective until the signs are up, so until then, you can still be ticketed on those highways if you exceed the currently displayed speed limit.

Buckle up, Texoma!