Motorists on the Chisholm Trail Parkway toll road will be able to drive faster starting around the first of September.
After months of study by the North Texas Tollway Authority, new speed limits are being set, according a staff report the Fort Worth City Council will review Tuesday. The NTTA board also will review the new limits at its August meeting before all the signs are replaced.
Councilman Jungus Jordan, whose district includes the Chisholm Trail Parkway, and who requested the speed limit increases, calls the new limits “a vast improvement.”
“A lot of people will be happy with it,” Jordan said. “The Chisholm Trail Parkway is my pride and joy. I’m very pleased.”
In both directions, the speed limit will remain 50 mph between downtown Fort Worth and University Drive, increase from 50 mph to 60 mph from University Drive to Arborlawn Drive, and to 65 mph between Arborlawn and Alta Mesa Boulevard, according to a proposal.
“The road can handle those speeds,” Jordan said.
South of Alta Mesa Boulevard to U.S. 67 in Cleburne, the speed limit stays at 70 mph. The posted speed limits for Interstate 30 and Interstate 20 at the intersection with Chisholm Trail Parkway is 60 mph.
In January, the City Council approved changing its agreement with the NTTA to allow higher speeds. The change was sought after many drivers on the Chisholm Trail Parkway said the 50-mph speed limit was too slow.
“Staff has become aware of a significant and broad desire by the traveling public to increase” speed limits along the Chisholm Trail Parkway, the city report said.
The NTTA conducted a speed study of the 28-mile road, which it owns, measuring how fast motorists are driving and looking at design elements to see if the road could handle higher speeds.
The road opened in May 2014.
Fort Worth had negotiated the 50-mph speed limit before the Chisholm Trail Parkway was built at the request of residents living in neighborhoods along the road.
This report contains material from the Star-Telegram archives.