East Texans call lowered speed limit welcomed relief

East Texans call lowered speed limit welcomed relief
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Your commute down SH 7 in Angelina County may not take you a little longer.

"It's just scary," said Terri Chase.

Chase lives just a stone's throw from Highway 7. She's forced to deal with this hustle and bustle every time she leaves her house.

"You see cars coming and you think 'Well, I have enough time', but then next thing you know, they're right there on your bumper," Chase said.

On Wednesday, TX-DOT crews swapped out signs to enforce the new lowered speed which affects portions of the highway from State Highway 103 West to the Nacogdoches County line.

"I look both ways and time I get started, there's a truck popping over that hill and you've got to gas and get on with it or back up and get out of their way. 'Cause they're coming?' They're coming," said Garland Brooks, another resident living along SH 7.

Officials say the change comes after a recent speed zone study of the roadway, all aimed to improve safety. But folks we talked to say while it's a welcomed relief, it'll take more than just a five mile-per-hour change to do that.

"I don't think five miles-per-hour is going to make that much of a difference," Brooks said.

"I honestly don't think it's going to make a big because, not to be rude, but you know people kind of drive whatever speed they want, you know", Chase said.

And it's that reality that'll keep those living along the stretch of highway on high alert. With Chase using extreme caution to just to check her mail.

"I've lived out here long enough to know that you have to be careful out here, especially at night," Chase said.

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