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October 21st, 2008
Kyle to finally post parkway speed limit

STAFF REPORT

KYLE – Ever find yourself on that four-lane, wide open Kyle Parkway wondering how fast you could go, only to search in vain for a speed limit sign?

Tonight, the Kyle City Council is expected to approve 60 miles per hour as the speed limit, based on a recommendation from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). The city has waited on traffic studies from TxDOT for two years before officially declaring a speed limit.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), the maximum passenger car speed limits on farm to market roads outside of urban districts are 70 miles per hour during the day and 65 at night.

However, the Kyle Parkway, though it’s lightly traveled, lies within an urban district, where the maximum unposted speeds are 30 miles per hour. Because the parkway fronts no buildings beyond the intersection with I-35, it looks nothing like an urban road and traffic tends to move at the higher speeds.

The limit will apply only to the portion of the parkway within Kyle’s city limits, between FM 2770 (Jack C. Hays Trail) and Interstate-35 in Kyle. The city opened the road in August 2006 with hopes of establishing a business thoroughfare.

Development so far is concentrated on the parkway’s interstate intersection, which will include a Seton Hospital and two million square feet or retail at full build-out within a year. However, the remaining three miles of the road are undeveloped.

The city and TxDOT will begin posting speed signs after the ordinance is approved.

Also at tonight’s city council meeting, the parks and recreation department will finally present a master plan for a 43-acre park to be constructed at the intersection of Beebe Road and Dacy Lane on the city’s east side. City officials hope to also build an $18-20 million recreation center on the site.

The presentation was delayed due to last month’s protracted discussion when the council passed civil service rules.

The city council also is expected to approve the parks department recommendation to name the park “Kyle Vista Park.”

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