Maine dropping speed limit on I-295

Updated Mar 3, 2017

Get ready to slow down when you’re on I-295  in Maine next month.

Citing an increase in accidents, Maine Department of Transportation is lowering the speed limit from 70 mph to 65 March 27.

Since the state raised the speed limit to 70 mph in 2014 there has been a 29 percent increase in crashes, along with a 6.4 percent increase in traffic volume.

The department says message boards will be used to alert drivers two weeks before the change takes place.

“It’s important to note, that while an increase in traffic volume on I-295 has led to more crashes, speed and driver distraction are also major factors,” says MaineDOT Chief Engineer Joyce Taylor.