TACOMA – By Friday, Dec. 20, a smaller portion of Interstate 5 in Tacoma will have a reduced 50 mph speed limit.
Roughly 8 miles of the interstate – both northbound and southbound – have had a reduced speed limit of 50 mph around work zones since April of this year. But, with some construction completed, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will move the signs designating the reduced speed zone section.
Once the signs are repositioned, roughly 3 miles along the I-5 – Portland Avenue to Port of Tacoma Road Southbound HOV project will remain at the reduced, 50 mph limit. The rest of the interstate in this area will return to a 60 mph speed limit.
New reduced speed limit areas
- The speed limit reduction on northbound I-5 will now begin at milepost 133.06 near M Street and continue to milepost 136.19 at Port of Tacoma Road.
- The speed limit reduction on southbound I-5 still begins at milepost 136.67, but now ends at milepost 133.86 at the I-705 interchange.
The reduced speed limit is the result of a coordinated effort between WSDOT and the Washington State Patrol to reduce the potential for collisions in the work zones. Once major construction is complete, WSDOT anticipates raising the speed limit back to its pre-construction 60 mph limit throughout the area.Print This Post