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Reduced speeds coming to part of the BW Parkway

Nat'l Park Service: slow down on BW Parkway
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Posted at 2:16 PM, Mar 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-04 05:26:48-05

You'll have to drive slower on one stretch of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway starting Saturday March 2.

The National Park Service (NPS) is reducing speeds to 40 miles per hour between Maryland State Routes 197 and 32.

The reason? Poor road conditions.

“We know this is a frustrating situation for drivers who rely on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway,” Superintendent Matt Carroll stated. “Since the end of January, National Park Service crews have placed over 60 tons of specialized asphalt to patch potholes on the parkway, and crews continue to patch potholes daily as weather conditions allow.”

There is a plan to repave the parkway from MD 97 to 198, but that's not scheduled until the fall of this year. NPS is working with the Federal Highway Safety Administration to see if that construction schedule can be moved up. The project is part of a multi-year plan to repave all 18 miles of the BW Parkway.

“We need drivers to slow down,” Superintendent Matt Carroll stated. “Reducing your speed will make it safer for you and for the crews working every day to address current road conditions.”