Maine in the fast lane with 75 mph speed limit

By The Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine — On one lonesome stretch of Interstate 95 north of Bangor, motorists often put the pedal to the metal. Soon, it’ll be legal for them to do it.

An approximately 110-mile stretch of I-95 will carry a 75 mph speed limit. That’s the fastest in the East.

The new law authorizing the higher limit went on the books Wednesday, though it actually takes effect when new signs replace the old 65 mph ones Tuesday.

Residents had asked for the change, saying no one obeyed the limit anyway.

The state Transportation Department had done studies showing the change was justified.