BANGOR – The Maine Department of Transportation is permanently lowering the speed limit on I-295 between Falmouth and Topsham.
The speed limit drops from 70 to 65 miles per hour, starting Monday.
In 2014 the state did the opposite, raising the speed limit by five miles per hour.
Officials said this helped contribute to a 29% increase in crashes.
Some drivers say they like the idea. Auburn resident Tom Constantine said, “I think it’s a pretty good idea. It seems like a lot of that section of the interstate is old fashioned. It’s got some short access ramps and stuff, seems like a lot of accidents in there.”
“People don’t go the speed limit, so when it’s 70, they are really going much faster than that, so if you drop it back, they will still go faster,” Constantine added.
Maine Department of Transportation said that speed is not the only reason for the higher number of accidents, as increased traffic volume and distracted driving also played a role.