SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Drivers on Toll 49 in Smith County will now be able to get around faster.
The speed limit has been raised to 70 mph is some areas, following the completion of construction. It had been reduced since last fall, while safety improvements were made.
"I have heard people really clamoring for that speed limit to come back up," says Chris Miller, Executive Director for the North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority. "We were able to increase the speed from 60 mph to 70 mph basically all the way from Highway 31 South all the way to 110."
The speed was reduced while road improvements were made. Rumble strips, wider medians with reflectors, and several passing lanes have been added along the route.
From Highway 31 North to I-20 the speed limit remains at 60 mph as road improvements continue. Miller says they're still working on the toll road's extension into Lindale.
"It's going to go all the way around the city limits of Lindale and come in there just a little bit north of downtown and open up a heck of a lot of opportunities for travel," says Miller.
The Lindale extension is expected to open in early 2019, after the discovery of archaeological remains created a delay.
Planning is also underway for the extension of Toll 49 from Whitehouse to 271. Miller says that project will take seven years to complete.