TxDOT changes speed limits in Nacogdoches Co. ... again - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

TxDOT changes speed limits in Nacogdoches Co. ... again

A speed reduction to 70 was made after Central Heights area residents voiced their concern about 75 being too fast and dangerous. (Source: KTRE Staff) A speed reduction to 70 was made after Central Heights area residents voiced their concern about 75 being too fast and dangerous. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Turns to and from numerous driveways and side roads off of Highway 259 can  into a driveway or road can lead to a lengthy wait.   (Source: KTRE Staff) Turns to and from numerous driveways and side roads off of Highway 259 can into a driveway or road can lead to a lengthy wait. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Turns to and from numerous driveways and side roads off of Highway 259 can  into a driveway or road can lead to a lengthy wait.   (Source: KTRE Staff) Turns to and from numerous driveways and side roads off of Highway 259 can into a driveway or road can lead to a lengthy wait. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

Back here at home, the Texas Department of Transportation is re-thinking previous studies that gave the green light to drive 75 miles per hour on designated roadways in Nacogdoches County.

The reconsideration comes after the public got involved.

Terry Ady is so accustomed to fast moving trucks zooming by his paint and body repair shop that weeks passed before he noticed the speed had been reduced from 75 to 70.

“I didn't know it until yesterday and I live out here, so that will tell you how much I pay attention to it,” Ady said.

Yet Ady is glad someone is paying attention.

"Union Springs Baptist Church down here, we're actually going to shut off the front entry to our church because the traffic is so fast coming through there,” Ady said.

“We do have a couple of bus routes that go out that away, so the safety of the kids is the most important part of that, so I think it's a good thing,” said Bryan Lee, the Central Heights ISD superintendent.

After dealing with a 75-mph speed limit for three years some residents finally said, 'We've had enough', and took their concerns to the Texas Department of Transportation.

"Coming in and out of their driveways they felt was just not a safe speed, so we took another look at it and did another speed study,” said Rhonda Oaks, a TxDOT public information officer.

Which provided the statistical data, but really a few minutes by the road tells you why resident's outcry worked.

Oaks said the fast-moving 18 wheelers that travel that stretch of road were a factor as well.

“Having them right in front of your driveway when you are trying to get out on the roadway, and they're going 75 to 80 miles, that's concerning,” Oaks said. “It would be to me if I lived along the roadway."

Understandably, law enforcement supports the speed reduction. They say 75 mph is simply too fast. Also they know a lot of motorists tend to go 5 miles over the speed limit.

Ady, who has seen four speed changes on this stretch of road, is fine with 70, but would like some consistency.

“It's just bouncing around, and you got 55 one day, and you're looking at a sign that says 75 the next day, and here you are and you get pulled over for a ticket, and you didn't even know the speed changed,” Ady said.

Shepherd is another community that recently underwent a speed reduction.

TxDOT encourages residents and motorists to voice their concerns about highway safety as it can often can lead to change.

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