Speed limits changing in rural Grayson Co.

By: Mystic Matthews Email
By: Mystic Matthews Email

VAN ALSTYNE, Tex. – Officials say it’s time to pay attention to the signs if you drive in rural Grayson County. Some of them may be changing soon.

Durning Road, just off of 120 in Van Alstyne, currently has a posted speed limit of 45 miles per hour, but it won't stay that way for long.

All roads in Grayson County that don't have a speed limit sign are 45 miles per hour zones, but in order for deputies to enforce the speed limit, a sign must be posted.

"We've started posting 45 miles per hour speed limits and several people when they see 45, they think it’s too fast and would like to see it lowered." Grayson County Precinct 1 Commissioner Johnny Waldrip says.

When the sign was installed on Durning Road, says some residents were against it, claiming 45 miles per hour was too fast along this stretch.

Waldrip says those opposed to the limit worked to lower it.

"We require a petition be signed by the people who live on the road that request it be lowered. They come before the commissioner's court go into a public hearing and testify."

This is at least the fourth Grayson County road where the speed limit has changed recently, and county leaders expect at least two more will follow.

The speed limit change on Durning Road is expected to happen in about a week.

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  • by Leroy Location: Rural Farmington rd. on Oct 30, 2007 at 06:38 AM
    More years & no tears sounds sweet but the only way we are going to make these roads safe is with a 45 mph.speed limit. Which must be inforced by the law every day .Kids are killing their selves because they drive 70 mph on these rough wash board roads that have large trees and big ditches very near the road way. A big fine $$$ would add years and reduce the tears.
  • by Kristin Location: Sherman on Oct 30, 2007 at 06:07 AM
    Gotta have someway to pay for those new vehicles I've seen them driving all over the county!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 29, 2007 at 06:45 PM
    Please, with the state of the roads in my area, 45 mph will damage your vehicle and land you in the ditch.
  • by Billy Location: Sherman on Oct 29, 2007 at 05:57 PM
    I whole heartedly agree that 45 mph is too fast on a lot of our county roads. There should be a weight limit on them as well. As the county black tops more roads, there is a greater need to stop overloaded trucks taking the "back roads" to avoid detection which make our roads roller coaster rides.
  • by Anonymous Location: Sherman on Oct 29, 2007 at 04:59 PM
    Like anyone is going to obey the sign, unless you have police officers patrloing these areas people are going to go however fast they want to
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