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The speed limit on the Intercounty Connector will be raised from 55 to 60 mph, the Maryland Transportation Authority announced Monday.

The MDTA made the announcement after an analysis of engineering and single-vehicle crashes on the toll road was completed this month.

“We needed one year of ICC operations to conclude that raising the speed limit is the safe and prudent decision,” MDTA Executive Secretary Harold M. Bartlett said in a press release. “We are confident that a 60 mph speed limit is safe and justifiable.”

In January, Sen. Jennie Forehand (D-Dist. 17) of Rockville introduced an emergency bill to the General Assembly that would increase the ICC’s speed limit from 55 to 60 mph. Forehand said Monday she will have to make some heavy revisions to her bill, including one that will support increasing the statewide maximum speed limit from 65 to 75 mph. However, she said that speed limit would only be applicable on one or two roads in Maryland; one in Western Maryland and another on the Eastern Shore.

The MDTA plans to make the ICC’s new speed limit effective by March 31.

scarignan@gazette.net