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(UPI)   Good news: Toll road between Austin and San Antonio will have the nation's highest posted speed limit of 85 mph. Bad news: All major roads leading out of Texas are still only 55 mph   ( divider line
    More: Spiffy, San Antonio, Texas, Texas Department of Transportation, speed limits, Houston Chronicle  
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1962 clicks; posted to Main » on 08 Sep 2012 at 12:19 PM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-09-08 06:30:12 PM  
1 vote:
How the hell do people get all of these drugs when I can't seem to get any??

/hates wasting 8-10 hours/night on sleep
2012-09-08 05:38:06 PM  
1 vote:

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: What's so bad about Texas? Is it the Mexicans?

No, the Texans.
2012-09-08 03:43:38 PM  
1 vote:

destrip: Jensaarai: I-10 aleady has long stretches of 80 MPH road now, which just means they raised it up to the flow of everyone trying to get across the state.

Cops in El Paso hang out right at the drop-off and bust folks, so beware.

Got pulled over by a TX highway patrol type cop several years ago east of El Paso while helping a truck tractor dealer pick up a couple units in Georgia. Could see their lights WAY back, but I knew they were after us because we were the only car on that stretch. So, just pulled over and waited for them. Of course, since we were two males in a rented car late at night, we were automatically suspected drug runners. After frisking us and doing a quick search of the trunk, they turned us loose with a warning and a "You're in Texas now, so better be good" type spiel. I am sure that being cooperative with them helped. They seemed like cool cops for the most part. Not sure if they still do it, but they had different speed limits for day and night (70/65 I think.) They clocked us at 82 so we were hosed either way.

You sound white.
2012-09-08 02:35:37 PM  
1 vote:
Troll road?
2012-09-08 01:27:21 PM  
1 vote:
Oznog: Now Spain basically owns Texas

Exaggerate much?

The Spaniards will have to fight through the Mexicans, if it really comes down to this 'sovereignty' you're worried about.
2012-09-08 01:20:33 PM  
1 vote:
Toll roads are a scam. They got Rick Perry to basically sell off the state sovereignty to a private company- one from Spain, actually. Now Spain basically owns Texas, contractually they have a LOT of power here.

Remember the whole SCOTUS case about using Eminent Domain to seize land, only to give it to another party? That's what was happening here. The plan relied on it. The toll road company tells the govt what it needs, the govt uses its authority to seize land "for the public good", only to give it to a private toll road company for development. There was never any intent to keep the land for govt use.

The toll company basically told the state what to set the speed limit as. They wanted it much higher than the public-road option. And that was explicitly for sale: $67M for an 80 mph speed limit, $100M for 85 mph. That's what the contract said Cintra would pay for the speed limits.

That's a problem, because the whole principle of speed limits is supposed to be public safety, there is nothing to buy or sell if that's the case. If safety is met at 80 mph, fine, then payment isn't needed, if it's not, then payment should not alter that decision.
2012-09-08 12:49:25 PM  
1 vote:
fark toll toads.
2012-09-08 12:41:24 PM  
1 vote:

valar_morghulis: I once drove through Texas.

cool story bro
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