Officials with the Texas Department of Transportation are advising motorists that a reduction in the speed limit has been approved on two sections of roadways in Nacogdoches County (Highway 59) as well as in San Augustine and Shelby counties (FM 353).

In Nacogdoches County, the speed limit on Highway 59 southbound out of Nacogdoches will be reduced from 75 miles per hour to 60 mph.  This change will be enacted for 1.58 miles just south of the city of Nacogdoches. This past weekend, I already noticed the 75 mph speed limit sign which is usually up adjacent to Pineywoods County Club, has been removed. This speed limit change basically extends the 60-mph limit for an additional 1.58 miles southward toward Lufkin. Beyond that, the southbound speed limit will not undergo any changes. These changes have already taken place and are being enforced.

In San Augustine and Shelby counties, the speed limit on Farm to Market Road 353 will be reduced from 50 mph to 45 mph from the San Augustine city limits to the Shelby County line. In Shelby County, the speed limit will be reduced from 55 mph to 50 mph from the San Augustine County line to State Highway 87. Anyone that travels FM 353 consistently or that lives in the White Rock community should take notice of these new speed limits.  These will be enforceable once the new speed limit signs are in place.

The Texas Transportation Commission has approved these changes after considering results of engineering and traffic study/investigations that were conducted at each location. TxDOT is governed by the five-member Texas Transportation Commission and an executive director selected by the commission. Commission members serve overlapping six-year terms and are appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the Texas Senate.

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