Fastest highway in America: It's a 41-mile Texas toll road with a speed limit of 85 m.p.h. But truckers say the fastest highway in America is too fast and unsafe for them.
Drivers, start your engines! The green flag has dropped on the last leg of a Texas toll road with the nation's fastest speed limit.
With a 3-foot-long pair of ceremonial scissors, Texas Gov. Rick Perry snipped a ribbon Wednesday on the privately built stretch of the Texas 130 toll road — famous for its 85-mph speed limit.
"There are very few people that get up and say they love road construction, but I think everyone is happy when you open a road up," Perry told those gathered for the dedication.
The SH 130 Concession Co., the toll road's developer and manager, bought the right to set the super-speedy speed limit for $100 million in its contract with the Texas Transportation Commission.
The highway was to have been part of Perry's much-ballyhooed Trans Texas Corridor, a privately developed superhighway and transportation program that eventually died amid widespread criticism from landowners and property-rights advocates upset at plans to condemn private land to make space for the highway.
"There was no shortage of individuals inside and outside the Capitol who said it couldn't be done," Perry said. "It can be seen now in asphalt and concrete that it can be done."
A 50-mile stretch with a speed limit of 80 mph was previously completed from Georgetown to Mustang Ridge — from 25 miles north of Austin to 15 miles south of Austin. The newly opened 41-mile stretch with the nation's fastest speed limit completes the route south to Interstate 10 near Seguin, about 40 miles east of San Antonio.