The Interstate 70 speed limit has been raised to 70 mph on portions of the highway in Carroll County and Frederick County.
The State Highway Administration said Monday in a news release that it has raised the speed limit on I-70 on the nearly 31-mile segment from U.S. 29 in Howard County to Md. 144 in Frederick County.
Will Interstate 70 speed limit increase cause more accidents?
The changes went into effect Monday, with signage posted to notify drivers.
The changes are a result of the maximum speed-limit law that took effect in Maryland in October 2015.
Traffic engineers consider crash data, roadway design and driver behavior as some of the factors when setting speed limits, the release said.
“On every highway, drivers should pay close attention to the roadway and obey speed limits,” SHA Administrator Gregory C. Johnson said in the release. “Law enforcement partners monitor traffic to enforce regulations and speed limits to keep travelers safe.”
“By letting drivers go a little bit faster on I-70, SHA expects to see more consistent travel speeds for vehicles, keeping I-70 conditions safe for the thousands who travel the route each day,” he said.
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