TEXAS (KWES) - The Texas Transportation Commission has approved a request to lower speed limits on five rural highways in the Odessa District.

The changes will be put in place at these locations:

  • U.S. Highway 285 from the New Mexico state line to the northern city limits of Pecos. The new speed limit will be 65 miles per hour.
  • Highway 302 from Notrees to U.S. Highway 285. The new speed limit will be 65 miles per hour.
  • RM 652 from the Culberson County line to the New Mexico state line.  The new speed limit will be 65 miles per hour.
  • Highway 18 from the New Mexico state line to the northern city limits of Kermit. The new speed limit will be 70 miles per hour.
  • Highway 18 from the southern city limits of Kermit in Winkler County to the northern city limits of Monahans in Ward County. The new speed limit will be 70 miles per hour.

All of these new speed limits reflect a drop of five miles per hour from the previous speed limits.

“We recognize that some will not appreciate this decision, but we feel it is the best course of action in terms of safety,” Odessa District Engineer John Speed said.

New speed limit signs are scheduled to be installed in January on Highway 302 and Highway 18.

Installation of new signs on U.S. Highway 285 and RM 652 will occur as contractors progress in projects and work zone speed limits are taken out.

Once signs are installed, the new speed limit can be enforced by law enforcement.