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Report: ICC Could See Speed Limit Raised To 70 MPH

A House bill that would raise the maximum speed limit on interstates and expressways statewide from 65 to 70 mph will be introduced during the current General Assembly session, The Gazette reports.

A House bill co-sponsored by Del. Aruna Miller (D-Dist. 15) of Darnestown and Del. Neil Parrott (R-Dist. 2B) of Hagerstown could force a change in the speed limit on the Intercounty Connector, according to a report by The Gazette

The bill would raise the maximum speed limit on interstates and expressways statewide from 65 to 70 mph, according to the report, and automatically increase the ICC's speed limit from 55 to 70.

Miller cited three reasons the change is necessary.

“One, the posted speed limit is way too low,” she said, according to the report. “Two, the toll is way too high. And three, the enforcement is excessive.”

A separate bill by Sen. Jennie Forehand (D-Dist. 17) of Rockville, would raise the speed limit on the ICC to 60, according to the report. 

The highway was designed for speeds of up to 60 mph.

Read the full story on the two bills that could raise the ICC speed limit on The Gazette.

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Ken Sleeman January 31, 2013 at 08:43 PM
I support raising the speed limit on all interstate highways to at least 65 mph.
Fred January 31, 2013 at 10:26 PM
As a regular daily driver of the ICC both in my personal car (twice per day) and as the driver of a Montgomery County school bus (4 trips per day) I protest in the strongest possible terms this proposed raising of the speed limit on the ICC. Currently with the 55 mph ‘limit’ most vehicles exceed it now. Driving 55-60 mph I witness countless cars, trucks and buses fly past me doing between 75 and 80. This road was conceived and built under the guise of being environmentally designed and ecologically friendly. I ask you, is raising the speed limit environmentally friendly? I will tell you now that were I to have a crash on a road that the government knew wasn’t designed for high speed traffic I’d be in court with a lawsuit as soon as I was able. There are far more important issues to be addressed in government these days and I suggest the sponsors of this bill get to work rather then bowing to the requests of people that would gain a few short minutes on their drive as opposed to keeping the roads safe at their correctly posted and enforced speeds. 55mph is a limit drivers should learn to live with, be safer with, be more in tune with the environment and stop whining about the 3 to 4 minutes they may spend on a complete trip on the road. F. Flaharty MNCPPC Planning Dept. (Retired) Montgomery County Transportation Dept. School Bus Operator
Wayne Lashley February 02, 2013 at 03:09 PM
i use the ICC five days a week and 55mph is to slow i think 65mph will work also police out there are doing a great job because i see alot of drivers going way to fast safe driving is so inportant if your running late you are just late but you are alive and in one piece drive safe. Wayne L
John Seng February 02, 2013 at 05:45 PM
If the speed limit is raised at all, proper sound walls must be built along the ENTIRE stretch of the highway, protecting ALL communities.
Duke Ganote February 28, 2013 at 11:09 AM
Mr. Flaharty, whipping up a frothy lather about speed limits -- on the ICC or other freeways -- which shows DANGEROUS IGNORANCE. Maryland's rural interstate fatality rate in 2009 was 0.06 -- FAR FAR lower that the all-road rate of 1.07 deaths per 100 million travel miles. Why? Simple physics! Traffic engineers very effectively adapt roads for higher speeds by eliminating opposing traffic, crossing traffic, and roadside hazards. Furthermore, "design speed" is a MINIMUM specification for features like curvature and sight visibility; the "as built" curves may FAR exceed minimum requirements. Bluntly, Mr Flaharty and his students are at more risk on every other part of his route than on the ICC-- and he's shockingly unaware of where the real road risks are!

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