EL PASO, Texas — As work continues on the Go-10 Project, the speed limit has been reduced on I-10 between Sunland Park and Executive Center.
The speed limit was changed from 60 mph to 50 mph.
The change was made by the Texas Department of Transportation, which is in charge of the Go-10 Project. The El Paso Police Department said it agrees with the decision.
"It's an abrupt slowdown, so reducing the speed gives you more time to react to any slowdown that does occur in that area," said Sgt. Robert Gomez, EPPD's public information officer. "So it's a good thing that they did reduce the speed."
The reduction is not only for drivers' safety, but to protect construction workers.
If you are caught speeding in the area, it will cost you more than a regular citation.
"If it's in a work zone, if it's posted and there are workers present, (for) any citation received in that area, the fine doubles," said Gomez.
Police said they have not seen an increase in speeding citations, but in addition to following the speed limit, there are other things they'd like to see from drivers.
"In these construction areas, if you break down, if you have a minor accident where there (are) no injuries, we ask the public to move their vehicle out of the roadway so that we can allow traffic to flow," said Gomez.
"The most important thing is patience. Well, that's one thing that we all need to have is patience when we're driving. It gets frustrating, especially with all of the construction that's going on and the slow speeds, but we have to keep in mind that we all have a place to go and we want to get there safe."