Higher Speed Limits on More D.C. Roads

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    A few areas of the district now have higher speed limits. Transportation reporter Adam Tuss explains why the changes were made (Published Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012)

    Mayor Vincent Gray Monday raised the speed limits on four additional roads in the D.C. area:

    • New York Avenue eastbound from Bladensburg Road to the Maryland line now has a 40 mile per hour limit; it will go to 45 mph. The same stretch eastbound will go from 35 mph to 40 mph.
    • Bladensburg Road from Mt. Olivet Road/17th Street to New York Avenue will go from 25 mph to 30 mph.
    • North Capitol Street from Michigan Avenue to Harewood Road will go from 35 mph to 40 mph.
    • And Canal Road from Chain Bridge to Foxhall Road will go from 35 mph to 40 mph.

    Gray used an emergency rulemaking to make the change. He said in a statement that district transportation officials have reviewed roadways with automated speed enforcement and determined the speed limits on some district roads could be increased without affecting safety.