Things may get a whole lot faster in Maryland. A bipartisan bill introduced in the House of Delegates would raise the speed limit on the Intercounty Connector (ICC) from 55 to 70 miles per hour. It would also increase the maximum speed limit on all other interstates and expressways in the state from 65 to 70 mph.
The ICC is a new state toll road connecting Prince George’s and Montgomery counties.
The bill's sponsors said the proposal comes in the wake of increasing pressure from constituents to bump the speed limit, according to Maryland Community News.
But not everyone was okay with the speed. Another Maryland senator, Sen. Jennie Forehand (D-Dist. 17) of Rockville, introduced emergency legislation that would raise the speed limit on the ICC to 60 MPH.
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