South Sound News

New lower speed limits now in effect in Tacoma

TACOMA, Wash. — New signs are being put up on some Tacoma streets after speed limits were decreased in some areas.

The changes went into effect on Jan. 1.

Last summer, the Tacoma City Council passed Ordinance No. 28825 to lower speed limits in some areas. The goal of reducing speeds is to eliminate serious crashes, increase community safety, and encourage the use of public transit.

The speed limit on residential streets is now 20 mph, down from 25 mph. Residential streets are in neighborhoods that primarily consist of homes, parks, and schools.

Speed limits were also lowered from 30 mph to 25 mph on arterial streets in four neighborhood business districts: Sixth Avenue, Old Town, McKinley Hill, and Lincoln, according to the city.

Speed limits in the Proctor and South Tacoma neighborhood business districts are already 25 mph.

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