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Conroe balks at TxDOT request to drop speed limit on FM 1314

The Conroe City Council put its foot down regarding a request from the state to reduce the speed limit on FM 1314.
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The Conroe City Council put its foot down regarding a request from the state to reduce the speed limit on FM 1314.

The council rejected the request from the Texas Department of Transportation lower speeds to 50 mph from 55 mph on the roadway during its regular meeting Thursday.

“I continually question TxDOT and the need to reduce speed limits around this city,” said Councilman Duke Coon. “I just can’t support this, possibly they need to design their roads better. Mobility is so important and maybe a better design is appropriate rather than lowering speeds.”

Mayor Pro Tem Raymond McDonald echoed Coon.

“I struggle that they want to lower it because they saw some people going slow,” he said. “I go through that area a lot and I find it already too slow.”

According to Woolley, TxDOT did a comprehensive speed study on FM 1314 and recommended the city reduce the speed from 55 mph to 50 mph from Loop 336 south to the city limits.

Woolley said the reduction is based on the speed of 85 percent of the traffic on the road.

“It must have been slower traffic when they did their study,” Woolley said. “It is usually caused by development in the area.”

During the council’s Wednesday workshop, McDonald asked if the council didn’t agree to the reduction what would be the state’s next step. Woolley said the Texas Transportation Commission could vote and ultimately lower the speed since it is a state highway.

Written By Catherine Dominguez

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