City of Seattle drops speed limit on state routes to 25mph

Saturday, March 20, 2021

The city of Seattle has dropped speed limits on most streets to 25mph to improve safety. 

As part of a cooperative effort, WSDOT is also lowering speed limits on state routes through the city by 5mph. These include:

  • SR 99 (Aurora Avenue/East Marginal Way)
  • SR 513 (Mountlake Boulevard and Sand Point Way near the University of Washington)
  • SR 522 (Lake City Way)
  • SR 523 (145th Street)
  • The change does not affect I-5.
WSDOT says,
We worked closely with the city on this because we are committed to finding new and creative ways to drive down the number of serious injury and fatal crashes to zero. Be safe!


Anonymous,  March 20, 2021 at 8:18 AM  

Let's be real, the previous speed limit was not an issue. This is just a new way to make revenue disguised as safety. Just like saying the homeless problem is not a drug problem.

G1-206 March 20, 2021 at 9:18 AM  

This is aggravating and I wish we could focus on more productive solutions that don’t always focus on penalizing drivers. The arterial being discussed (Aurora and Lake City Way) are HIGHWAYS and we should be looking for opportunities to separate bikers and pedestrians from vehicles not try to force co-existence here or the result will always include some level of serious injuries or deaths. It is my belief that many incidents are the result of at least one party involved being under the influence or distracted by something. A lower speed limit does not necessarily reduce the number of people who will continue to violate the law.

Josh March 20, 2021 at 12:44 PM  

This is beyond stupid, especially in a city that already has some of the slowest and worst drivers.

Dean Fuller March 20, 2021 at 2:11 PM  

Stop trying to round off all the world's sharp edges.

Anonymous,  March 21, 2021 at 8:58 AM  

This is literally slower than a funeral procession!

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