WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- The speed limit on the Inter County Connector will increast to 60 miles per hour soon, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority.

MDTA says it's increasing the limit on the ICC (or MD 200) from 55 mph to 60 mph. After an engineering study and crash analysis during the last year, MDTA officials felt "confident that a 60 mph speed limit is safe and justifiable," according to Executive Secretary Harold M. Bartlett in a statement released Monday.

Officials believe with the new speed limit, drivers traveling from one end of the ICC to the other end will save about 1.5 minutes.

MDTA says the the new speed limit is expected to start by March 31. new warning signs for curves will be added as well.

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