Speed limit back to 55 mph on BW Parkway

Conditions seem to be improving along the Baltimore-Washington Parkway: The National Park Service announced the speed limit has officially returned to 55 mph.

The speed limit had been lowered in early March to 40 mph between Maryland state routes 197 and 32 due to poor road conditions and following reports of widespread potholes.

Below is a video of the bumpy conditions on the parkway before the potholes were repaired.

Those giant potholes on the BW Parkway were just one symptom of a larger problem for the National Park Service.

“We have about $12 billion in backlogged maintenance. We need to work with Congress to come up with a better way to manage the assets we have and take care of what we have,” Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt told WTOP news partner NBC Washington on his first day on the job. “And it’s not just here on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway or the [George Washington Parkway]; it’s throughout the resources we have.”

Several area roads across the region were showing signs of wear and causing flat tires for many drivers.

Area highway and transportation officials in Maryland and D.C. said the potholes — which typically appear in full force in February and March — arrived early this year in part because of last year’s record rains.

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