Baltimore-Washington Parkway: Park Service’s fix for potholes: Slow traffic so motorists can better dodge them

For the thousands of drivers who have barely managed to avoid being swallowed by one of the potholes on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, their commute has entered another circle of hell.

The National Park Service decided the potholes present such a danger to motorists that it lowered the highway’s posted speed limit to 40 mph from 55 along one stretch.

The lower speed is in effect between Routes 197 and 32.

“Lowering your speed will make it safer for you and for the crews working every day to address current road conditions,” Park Service Superintendent Matt Carroll said in announcing the change earlier this month.