A number of highways in East Texas are getting new diminished velocity limits

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In December, the commissioners approved a speed limit reduction for road sections in the districts of Nacogdoches, Polk and San Augustine, according to a statement from the Texas Department of Transportation.

In Nacogdoches County, the speed limit on SH 21 East from the Nacogdoches city limits to the San Augustine County Line will be reduced from 70 mph to 65 mph.

In Polk County, the speed limit will be reduced from 70 mph to 65 mph on US 190 from the Livingston city limits to the Tyler County line.

In San Augustine County, the speed limit on SH 21 from the Nacogdoches County Line to the San Augustine city limits will be reduced from 70 mph to 65 mph.

“From speed studies conducted on these roads, these sections of the highway met certain markings in engineering and traffic studies that warranted the need to change speed through these areas,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer for the Lufkin District. “These lower speed limits will further increase the safety of these busy roads.”

When new signs are put up, drivers are encouraged to pay attention and be aware of the reduced speed limits. The new speed limits are enforceable once the signs are up.