Round Rock wants to lower speed limit on US 79

The Round Rock City Council will vote to lower speed limits on U.S. 79 (KXAN Photo/Lauren Kravets).
The Round Rock City Council will vote to lower speed limits on U.S. 79 (KXAN Photo/Lauren Kravets).

ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — The most dangerous stretch of road in Round Rock has city leaders considering lowering the speed limit in the area to make the road safer. Over the last two years, US 79, also known as East Palm Valley Boulevard, has seen the most crashes in Round Rock.

The Round Rock Police Department asked the Texas Department of Transportation to conduct a speed study on US 79 due to concern over a high speed in a small, congested part of the city.

The stretch of US 79 that would see the biggest change would be the area in front of the HEB Plus. TxDOT recommended dropping the speed limit there from 55 mph to 45 mph. A 2.6-mile stretch that runs in front of the Dell Diamond would drop down from 60 mph to 55 mph.

Thomas Lewis rides his motorized wheelchair up and down the shoulder of US 79 so he knows how dangerous the road can be.

“I’ve got to watch the traffic, it’s too fast,” says Lewis.

The US 79 corridor saw the most crashes in Round Rock from 2013 to 2015, for a total of 310 wrecks. The second top corridor for crashes saw 186 along University Boulelvard.

Some drivers think lowering the speed limit, could create more problems. “I think the congestion will make it worse if they lower it, on top of more wrecks and people just trying to get to places. People are just in hurries these days,” says Adrea Vanderhoeven.

The Round Rock City Council Thursday night voted unanimously to lower the speed limits on first reading. It will take a final vote in two weeks. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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