Fort Worth City Council approves speed limit change on Blue Mound Road

A Texas Department of Transportation study determined the appropriate posted speed should be 55 mph. (Courtesy Fotolia)
A Texas Department of Transportation study determined the appropriate posted speed should be 55 mph. (Courtesy Fotolia)

A Texas Department of Transportation study determined the appropriate posted speed should be 55 mph. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Fort Worth City Council adopted an ordinance Jan. 12 to decrease the speed limit to 55 mph on a portion of Blue Mound Road from Gaffield Road to the Denton County and Tarrant County line.

According to city documents, a recent Texas Department of Transportation project in the area required a "speed zone study," which determined that the appropriate posted speed should be 55 mph.

With the approval of City Council, the speed limit will change from its current posted speed of 60 mph. According to city officials, city engineers completed studies of the roadway while taking into account the width and condition of the pavement and the amount of traffic that frequents the roadway.

According to city documents, the goal of the study was to determine if the "speed limit set ...is reasonable or safe under the conditions found."

In addition to a 55 mph posted speed limit, the school zone speed limit will remain at 35 mph, per TxDOT regulations, and the speed limit on a portion of roadway near Northwest High School will remain at 55 mph.