Nation’s Fastest Road Opens: Is This Texas Highway America’s Autobahn?

By Amir Khan on October 24, 2012 10:44 AM EDT

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The Nation's fastest road opened in Texas today after three years of construction, and motorists will be able to fly down the toll road at 85 miles per hour. (Photo: Flickr.com/epSos.de)

The Nation's fastest road opened in Texas today after three years of construction, and motorists will be able to fly down the toll road at 85 miles per hour.

The road was created with the intention of alleviating the congestion on other roads in Texas, with Interstate 35, which runs between San Antonio and Austin, being the most congested.

"There is a lot of wide open space in Texas which makes sense with these higher posted speed limits--the 85, 75 80 mph roads are all out in rural areas that can handle that kind of traffic," Chris Lippincott, spokesman for Cintra-Zachry, the company that built the roads, told ABC News. "It is important to remember that through towns like San Antonio, Austin and Dallas the speed limits are not set at 85 mph; we are not building a race track through the middle of town, we just want to make sure people can get safely and reliably where they need to go."

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But is travelling at 85 miles per hour safe? Jonathan Adkins, deputy executive director with the Governor's Highway Safety Association, told ABC News said that he is weary of the speed limit.

"Whenever we see a posted speed limit, we think we can go above it, we think we can go 5 or 10 mph above it and a lot of cases we can't, so the reality is you're talking about the flow of traffic being 90, 95, even a little bit more, and so if you're in a crash, you're just not going to survive, even if you wear a seatbelt," he said.

The toll for the road will cost 15 cents per mile, but the state won't start collecting tolls until November 11.

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