Speed Limit Lowered on Stretch of Baltimore-Washington Parkway Due to Potholes

Watch your speed if you're driving on Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

The speed limit on a six-mile stretch of B-W Parkway has dropped from 55 mph to 40 mph, effective Saturday, March 2, the National Park Service announced the previous day.

The speed limit was lowered between Maryland Route 197 and Route 32.

The reason: potholes and poor road conditions.

"We need drivers to slow down," Superintendent Matt Carroll said in a statement. "Reducing your speed will make it safer for you and for the crews working every day to address road conditions."

Some drivers said they were frustrated by the drop in the speed limit. 

"The state got money. They should hire someone to fix those potholes," one man said. 


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The Park Service said road crews are working to fill the potholes ASAP. Since the end of January, crews have filled potholes with more than 60 tons of asphalt on B-Way Parkway alone.

A project to repave the whole Parkway from Route 197 to Route 198 is set to begin this fall.

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