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Speed Limit Changes Mean Motorists Must Drive 35 on City Streets

All Rockville streets now have speed limits of 35 mph or less after the city completed speed limit reduction work on Gude Drive and Wootton Parkway in late April.

35 mph speed limit sign

The changes, which do not include state roads, updated signs to reduce speed limits from 40 to 35 mph on the following segments:

  • Wootton Parkway in both directions between Seven Locks Road and West Edmonston Drive.
  • West Gude Drive in both directions between Piccard Drive and MD 355, and westbound between Research Boulevard and MD 28.
  • East Gude Drive in both directions between Southlawn Lane and MD 28.

The latest changes follow the city working with the State Highway Administration to reduce the speed limit from 40 to 35 mph along a section of Veirs Mill Road, a state road also known as MD 586. The suggestion for that change, which is expected to take effect later this spring, followed a Dec. 26 crash that killed a pedestrian who was crossing near Atlantic Avenue in Twinbrook.

The speed limit reductions are being made to advance the city’s Vision Zero Action Plan and to enhance the safety of all city roadway users. Find the article on page 4 to learn more about the Vision Zero initiative to eliminate traffic-related deaths and serious injuries.

City staff is working with SHA to review speed limits on other state roads in the city. Residents can raise concerns about state roadways using MDOT’s online request for service form.

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