The Texas Department of Transportation is lowering the speed limit on US 67 from 75 mph to 70 mph between San Angelo and Big Lake effective today.This stretch of highway, especially between Big Lake and Barnhart, has seen an increase in crash rates in the last two years. It now ranks higher than the state average for crashes for a similar type rural road.

A project to add three passing lanes between Big Lake and Irion County line was awarded to Reece Albert, Inc. in August and is expected to begin construction later this year. This $5 million dollar improvement will add three one-mile passing lanes along the 11 mile stretch.

Another project, expected to go out for bids in June of 2015 will add passing lanes along US 67 in Irion County. This project has a preliminary cost estimate of $27 million.