Speed Cams Coming to Capital Beltway

Friday, Jun 10, 2011  |  Updated 8:30 PM EDT
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New mobile speed cameras are going up on a stretch of the Capital Beltway near Silver Spring.

New mobile speed cameras are going up on a stretch of the Capital Beltway near Silver Spring.

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Speed cameras are coming to the Capital Beltway for the first time as part of a long-term
construction project on an already congested stretch of the highway.

Maryland highway officials told WTOP Radio the cameras will be set up within weeks between University Boulevard and New Hampshire Avenue in Silver Spring. Major repairs need to be made to a bridge in that section of Interstate 495. The project is expected to last several years.

Officials haven't announced exactly when speed camera enforcement will start, but once it does, there will be a three-week warning period before any $40 tickets are issued.

The speed limit will remain 55 mph, and State Highway Administration spokeswoman Valerie Edgar says drivers would have to be going 12 or more miles over the limit to get ticketed.

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