Melissa Council approves new SH 121 speed limit

By Joshua Baethge
For the Anna-Melissa Tribune
The Texas Department of Transportation has announced road project to affect Texoma streets. [Herald Democrat]

The Melissa City Council unanimously voted May 11 to set the speed limit on Texas Highway 121 at 55 miles per hour for most of the section that runs through the city. 

When the last round of construction was recently completed, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) conducted a speed study in the area. TxDOT uses the “85th percentile method” to establish speeds on state highways. This means that the speed limit is typically the speed at which 85 percent of vehicles traveled at or slower during the course of the study.  That number is then rounded to the nearest digit ending in 0 or 5. 

TxDOT uses the “85th percentile method” to establish speeds on state highways.

By law, the city of Melissa was required to adopt an ordinance accepting the study and allowing the speed limit to be posted and enforced when appropriate. New signs will soon be erected informing drivers of the new speed limit.  Violators could face fines of up to $500.

Conklin Takes Her Seat

New Melissa City Councilperson Dana Conklin was sworn in on May 11. She was joined by her husband Jerry.

Also during the May 11 city council meeting, newly elected councilperson Dane Conklin was officially sworn in.  She replaced former councilman Nico Warren, who did not seek reelection.

Conklin has served on multiple Melissa boards and commissions.  She also has municipal government experience in other communities.  Her husband Jerry joined her for the occasion