Motorists driving down FM 2218 will have to slow their roll- or pay the price.

At Tuesday’s Rosenberg City Council meeting, council members voted in favor to establish speed limits during construction along a portion of FM 2218 within the city limits.

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) requested the city establish a construction zone speed limit along portions of FM 2218 for the duration of a scheduled construction project.

According to city staff, an ordinance is required to designate speed limits for the construction zones, which extends south along FM 2218 from mile point 13.384 and ending at mile point 12.014, a distance of 1.37 miles.

All speed limit signage will be furnished, installed, and maintained by TxDOT.

“First ordinance of the year, guys!” Mayor Bill Benton exclaimed.

Public Works Director Rigo Calzoncin said this project is expected to last 820 calendar days. The contract started Nov. 30.

“Over two years,” Benton mulled. “So they’re already in it 35 days.”

Council member Isaac Davila said he bet the contractor would get a bonus for finishing early. “They’ll probably get it down to a year,” he assumed.

TxDOT explained exceeding the speed limit could earn motorists up to a $400 fine.

The speed limit along the portion of FM 2218 is currently 55 miles per hour. Under this ordinance, the speed limit will be 45 mph.

According to Calzoncin, the reduced speed limit and fines will automatically canceled upon completion of the construction project.

Council member Marc Morales made a motion to establish speed limits during construction along FM 2218. The motion was seconded by council member Tim Anders and passed unanimously.

Council member Jacob Balderas was not present for the first meeting of the new year.

The next regular Rosenberg City Council meeting will be held Jan. 19 via Zoom teleconference.

Meetings can be watched live on the city’s YouTube Channel “RosenbergTXGov,” on the city’s website at www.rosenbergtx.gov/tv, and on Comcast Channel 16 for residents within the city limits.

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