Can't Drive 55? Don't Worry.

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Texans who brag they do things bigger and better are about to go faster, too. State transportation officials are expected today to boost speed limits on two stretches of rural highway from 75 miles-per-hour to 80.

It would be the highest posted speed limit in the country.

State officials say the roads can accommodate the higher speed, but safety and energy conservation advocates warn it will cost lives and hit drivers in the wallet as fuel prices increase.

Transportation Commission Chairman Ric Williamson says studies show the higher speeds will be safe in the areas they're proposed.

The 80 mile-per-hour limit would be confined to ten mostly rural counties in West Texas. It includes a 432-mile stretch of Interstate 10 between El Paso and Kerrville, and 89 miles of Interstate 20 between Monahans and the I-10 interchange at the cusp of the Jeff Davis Mountains.