I-20 to get speed boost

The distance between communities along Interstate 20 is about to get a little bit shorter — well, faster, anyway.

The Texas Transportation Commission on Thursday approved 75 mile per hour designations for close to 1,500 miles of interstate, including I-20 through Howard County. In all, the changes impact 60 counties.

One important fact motorists need to know is the changes won't take place until the signs are posted.

“The speed limit will remain at the posted speed until new signs are up, which should be in 60 to 90 days,” said Darah Waldrip, TxDOT public information officer for the Abilene Regional District.

Portions of I-20 approved for 75 mph — virtually all of the interstate, actually — stretch 310 miles from Parker County (Weatherford) west to eastern Ward County (Monahans) and east 122 miles from Van Zandt County to the Lousiana state line.

Waldrip said the speed limit will not drop near cities such as Big Spring, Colorado City, Stanton and others along the interstate, except for necessary areas.

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