Central Texas Is Making Headlines For Having The Fastest Highway In The Nation
Central Texas has made headlines for a lot of amazing things, but I never imagined us having the fastest highway!
Want to go fast?
Well, you're in the perfect place to do that, but it could be a little dangerous. Before we talk about this insanely fast highway, let's go down the list of things Texas has made headlines about.
What is Texas known for?
Texas is home to the Johnson Space Center and has the air-flight control center for the NASA space program, hence the famous Apollo 13 line, “Houston, we have a problem.
This is probably one of the saddest things Texas is known for. On November 22, 1963, all eyes were on Dallas, Texas as the announcement spread of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
From country music to hip-hop, Texas is known for having some pretty amazing artists: Dixie Chicks, Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson, Erykah Badu, Travis Scott, and Megan The Stallion just to name a few.
"America's Team" is known worldwide. The Cowboy Stadium is located in Irving, Texas, in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, and is one of the biggest and most advanced sports arenas in the world.
The Texas BBQ is one of the most famous types of barbecue on earth. There is a variety of ways Texans cook their BBQ, and all are well known.
Second Largest State
Texas is the second biggest state in the country, both by population and area. Texas occupies an area of about 268,820sq miles, with three of its boundaries defined by rivers.
So yeah, I just mentioned a few things, so you can really imagine how much Texas Is known for. We can now add that we're known for having the fastest highway in the nation.
U.S. Highway 130 is located just east of Austin, running between Georgetown and Seguin. There, drivers can hit a whopping 85mph.
Of course going that fast has to be dangerous, right? KXAN reports that at least 37 people have died on the 80 and 85 mph portions of SH 130, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. Sixteen of those deaths were on the 85 mph section, which opened in 2012.
While many people may think it's cool to have the fastest highway in the nation, I'm with the group that says something should be done to get people to drive more safely if they're going to hit that highway.
If you ever take a ride on U.S. Highway 130, please be safe. It's no joke.