ICC Speed Limit Could Be Safely Raised, Study Finds | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

ICC Speed Limit Could Be Safely Raised, Study Finds

Play associated audio
The Maryland Transportation Authority may raise the speed limit on the Intercounty Connector.
Doug Kerr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dougtone/6480067291/
The Maryland Transportation Authority may raise the speed limit on the Intercounty Connector.

The speed limit on the Intercounty Connector in Montgomery and Prince George's counties could could safely be increased from 55 mph to 60 mph, according to an engineering study first reported in the Baltimore Sun.

An analysis of crash data still needs to be completed, however. That review of the $2.5 billion all-electronic toll road is expected to wrap up by the end of February. That's when the Maryland Transportation Authority will make a decision.

The highway, which opened in November 2011, has had no fatal crashes and 20 single-vehicle accidents. 

Raising the speed limit from 55 to 60 miles per hour would shave just 90 seconds off an end-to-end trip, says Harold Bartlett, executive director of the MTA. A number of modifications for the road might be needed before the agency could raise the speed, such as marking curves and modifying grading.

The 18.8-mile ICC, which runs between Gaithersburg and Laurel, is being built in segments. The last 1-mile section from Interstate 95 to U.S. 1 is set to open by early 2014.

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Oct. 1

Music from West Africa and photography from South East Asia come to the D.C. area.

NPR

From Kale To Pale Ale, A Love Of Bitter May Be In Your Genes

Researchers have found a gene that affects how strongly you experience bitter flavors. And those who aren't as sensitive eat about 200 more servings of vegetables per year.
NPR

Obama Sidesteps Midterm Campaigning As Approval Ratings Slump

The president's job approval rating is somewhere in the low 40s. That means there are a lot of places where his presence would hurt more than it helps.
NPR

Facebook Apologizes For Name Policy That Affected LGBT Community

The social networking site will not change its requirement for people to use "real" names on their profiles, but it will adjust how alleged violations are reported and enforced.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.