In an effort to improve safety for drivers, residents, and students, the speed limit along a stretch MD 99/Old Frederick Road is being lowered, the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration said.
Between MD 32 and Woodstock Road, the speed limit for MD 99 will be lowered to 40 mph, MDOT SHA said. The agency began hearing concerns while conducting a traffic study last year. Traffic engineers collected and analyzed data and determined dropping the speed limit 10 mph from the previous limit of 50 mph was appropriate. The stretch of road is lined with schools, farms, businesses, and homes, and the lower speed limit should make everyone who visits the area safer.
New signs were recently installed along the stretch of road that tends to see roughly 6,000 motorists each day, MDOT SHA. New signs around Marriotts Ridge High School that flash fluorescent yellow/green colors to better alert motorists of the school zone were also added.
“MDOT SHA examines roadways and makes engineering adjustments as needed to enhance safety,” said MDOT SHA Administrator Greg Slater. “Along MD 99 where there are school bus stops, nearby school zones and a mix of residential and commuter traffic, reducing the speed limit enhances safety for everyone.”