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Bill Could Raise I-295 Speed Limit to 75 mph
03/15/2013 11:09 AM ET  

Democratic Rep. Justin Chenette of Saco is sponsor of the bill, which was reviewed this morning by the Transportation Committee.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ A Maine legislative committee is considering a bill that would allow the Transportation Department to raise the speed limit on sections of Interstate 295 from Scarborough to West Gardiner to 75 miles per hour. The speed limit for much of that southern Maine stretch is now 65 mph.

Democratic Rep. Justin Chenette of Saco is sponsor of the bill, which was reviewed Friday morning by the Transportation Committee.

Chenette said his bill does not raise the speed limit directly. Its goal is to give the state authority to increase the speed limit if it's warranted, following engineering and safety reviews.

In 2011, the Legislature passed a law allowing the speed limit to go up to 75 mph on Interstate 95 from Old Town to Houlton in northern Maine.




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