Deadly crash prompts TxDOT to lower speed limit on US 290 near Fredericksburg

FREDERICKSBURG, Texas (KXAN) — Within a few weeks after a three-vehicle crash claimed the lives of four people on US 290 in Gillespie County, the Texas Department of Transportation is moving forward with lowering the speed limit on the main artery between Fredericksburg and Stonewall.

After the Dec. 3 crash, TxDOT says community members requested a speed study on the 14-mile section on US 290. The speed study, which also included information on crash history and roadway conditions, indicated the speed limit could be reduced from 70 to 60 mph.

“Safety is our number one priority at TxDOT,” said Terry McCoy, Austin District Engineer in a press release. “Because of that, we moved very quickly on the speed study.”

The new speed limit on the busy highway still needs to be approved by the Texas Transportation Commission before it can be implemented. A vote is expected in January. Once approved, the new signs will be stalled as soon as possible.

TxDOT is also considering widening US 290 to include a center-turn lane to help make the traffic flow safer.