Nighttime and truck speed limits are now a thing of the past in the Lone Star State, and now that will be noted on area roads.

The Texas Department of Transportation has begun removing the nighttime speed limit and truck speed limit signs in their 17-county Lubbock District.

The nighttime and truck speed limits were eliminated by House Bill 1353, which went into effect on September 1st.

Contractors are now at work to remove 950 nighttime and 1050 truck speed limit signs in the area, and TxDOT estimates that it will take approximately four weeks to remove all the signs in the district.

Crews began the removals in the northern area of the district, including Hale, Swisher, and Castro Counties, and will continue moving south.

TxDOT Lubbock District Engineer Doug Eichorst said that “This should be a relatively fast moving operation.”

The same legislation also allows for a possible 75-mile per hour speed limit on highways approved by TxDOT through a speed study. The group estimates that the evaluation of the entire state highway system and posting of all 75-mile per hour speed limits should be completed by early 2013.