With the increase in traffic in the Basin, some roads in the area will have speed limits reduced due to the increase in accidents.

According to NewsWest 9, here are the highways and the decreases in speed:

  • U.S. Highway 285 from the New Mexico state line to the northern city limits of Pecos. The new speed limit will be reduced from 70 to 65 miles per hour.
  • Highway 302 from Notrees to U.S. Highway 285. The new speed limit will be reduced from 70 to 65 miles per hour.
  • RM 652 from the Culberson County line to the New Mexico state line.  The new speed limit will be reduced from 70 to 65 miles per hour.
  • Highway 18 from the New Mexico state line to the northern city limits of Kermit. The new speed limit will be reduced from 75 to 70 miles per hour.
  • Highway 18 from the southern city limits of Kermit in Winkler County to the northern city limits of Monahans in Ward County. The new speed limit will be reduced from 75 to 70 miles per hour.

New speed limit signs will be put up in the first few weeks of January 2019.

When the new speed limit signs are in place, highway patrol will begin to enforce the new speeds.