A 2 lane road is enhanced, widened and expanded to 6 lanes. it goes through a small town. The previous speed limit on that road was 55 mph.
After the new road is finished the speed limit signs are taken down in preparation for the new speed study.
The police in this small town contend that the old speed limit of 55 mph is still in force. The say that because of the ordinance of that town is still on the books, they can still enforce it even though no speed limit signs are posted on the road.
The road is a named and numbered state highway.
According to Texas law, I see that it states this:
(b) Unless a special hazard exists that requires a slower speed for compliance with Section 545.351(b) , the following speeds are lawful:
(1) 30 miles per hour in an urban district on a street other than an alley and 15 miles per hour in an alley;
(2) except as provided by Subdivision (4), 70 miles per hour on a highway numbered by this state or the United States outside an urban district, including a farm-to-market or ranch-to-market road;
That road is a farm-to-market road.
This road is also one where there are not many driveways and would be considered to be outside of an urban district.
So what would the speed limit be on that road when there are no posted speed limit signs anywhere in that city on that road?
In Texas speeding is considered to be a class C misdemeanor criminal offense and is not a civil infraction. In Texas a trial by jury can be had for those offenses.