ICC gets speed limit boost to 60 mph later this week

Signs to be posted Friday and Saturday

March 27, 2013|By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun

Speed-limit signs on the Intercounty Connector will be changed from 55 mph to 60 mph at the end of the week, the Maryland Transportation Authority announced Wednesday.

The 18.8-mile, all-electronic toll road connects Interstate 270 in Gaithersburg to I-95 in Laurel. Weather permitting, westbound signs will be changed on Friday followed by eastbound signs on Saturday. In addition, warning signs will be added for curves.

Motorists and state lawmakers have complained since the $2.56 billion highway opened in 2011 that the speed was set too low. The higher limit will shave about 90 seconds on a full-length drive, MdTA officials said.

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