With the opening of the last 41-mile stretch of a new toll road outside Austin, the Lone Star State now can lay claim to having the fastest highway in America.
Motorists can cruise along that last portion of Texas State Highway 130 at speeds of up to 85 miles per hour. The privately-operated, 91-mile toll road is the only portion of Gov. Rick Perry’s ambitious Trans Texas Corridor superhighway project to actually make it into reality.
“There are very few people that get up and say they love road construction, but I think everyone is happy when you open a road up,” the one-time presidential candidate said as he snipped a ribbon and declared the high-speed route open for traffic.