Cumberland Times-News

February 21, 2014

Speed limit bill passes House, heads to Senate

From Staff Reports
Cumberland Times-News

— CUMBERLAND — A bill that would allow a maximum speed limit of 70 mph on interstate highways in Maryland passed the House of Delegates by a 133-0 vote Thursday. The bill would allow the speed limit to be raised on Interstate 68, which has been a goal of local legislators. The bill now heads to the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, the same committee where the bill died last year without a vote.

The current maximum speed limit on portions of I-68 is 65 mph, though there are areas where the limit is as low as 40 mph. At the West Virginia border, the interstate speed limit increases to 70, where it continues through the rest of its length in that state.

Current law sets the speed limit for most highways in the state at a maximum of 55 mph.