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Faster freeways may be coming to North Texas

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The Texas Department of Transportation will likely boost speed limits on some busy North Texas freeways.

TxDOT says on stretches of road like I-20 in Arlington, people are already driving fast, so the agency is recommending raising the limit.

Plus, 12 years after speed limits were lowered to reduce emissions, new research shows more speed won't hurt the environment.

"Those speed limits that were environmentally mandated to be lowered might be increased because since that's happened, vehicles have become more fuel efficient and release fewer emissions," Val Lopez, TxDOT spokesperson, said. 

The North Central Texas Council of Governments will do a six-month study on the emissions impact of higher speeds, but the expectation is the signs will be changed. That means drivers could see a faster commute sometime next spring.

So far only two sections of highway will see a limit of 75 mph, but everywhere else, 65 would be the slowest limit around. 

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