How are speed limits determined (or changed)?

Residential speed limits are set at 30 miles per hour by State Law (Texas Traffic Laws Section 545.352b(1)). Speed limits for other streets (collectors, arterials and freeways) are often set higher after a formal engineering evaluation. The roadway should not have a posted speed limit that is too fast for its geometric design, or its adjacent land uses. For example, a major arterial will have a lower speed limit through an urbanized area than in rural locations. Similarly, a roadway with several sharp curves will not allow for higher speeds of travel, regardless of adjacent land uses.

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1. How does a traffic signal work?
2. Who do I call if the signal isn't working properly?
3. How are speed limits determined (or changed)?
4. What is traffic calming?
5. What can be done about speeding in my neighborhood?
6. Does the City of Cedar Park have a traffic calming program?
7. How do the pedestrian signals (walk/don't walk) work?
8. How do I request a Stop Sign, traffic signal or Speed Limit Sign for an intersection?
9. Why doesn't the city of cedar park install "Children at Play" signs?
10. I have noticed certain signs with curve symbols and a lower speed limit posted directly below the sign. How is this speed limit established?
11. I see cameras at certain intersections. What do they do? Does the City of Cedar Park use photo-radar or other automatic enforcement techniques?
12. How can I get more information about traffic volumes and speeds on my street?
13. Who can I call if I cannot see at an intersection because of trees, plants, privacy fences, etc.?
14. What is a TIA (Traffic Impact Analysis) and why is one required? What type of developments require a TIA?
15. How does the City of Cedar Park determine where new roads go?