Public comment period ends December 8 for proposed speed limit reductions on NE Novelty Hill Road and SE May Valley Road

NE Novelty Hill Road

In response to citizen concerns, King County is considering changing the speed limit on the following three roads in King County:

• NE Novelty Hill Road from the trail crossing, which is located one-half of a mile west of Trilogy Parkway, to Eastridge Drive NE
Current speed limit: 45 mph
Proposed speed limit: 40 mph

• NE Novelty Hill Road from Eastridge Drive NE to West Snoqualmie Valley Road
Current speed limit: 45 mph
Proposed speed limit: 30 mph for trucks, 35 mph for all other vehicles

• SE May Valley Road from SE 128th Way to Issaquah Hobart Road SE
Current speed limit: 40 mph
Proposed speed limit: 35 mph

SE May Valley Road

King County recently conducted speed studies for each of the above roadways. The studies included review of current travel speeds, average daily traffic volumes, stopping and entering sight distance, historical collision data, number of intersecting roads and streets, horizontal and vertical alignment, parking activity, pedestrian/bicycle activity, and lane/shoulder widths. The study process evaluated these factors to determine if modifying the speed limit would be appropriate.

King County is requesting public input on the proposed speed limit reductions. Please submit comments and feedback by Friday, December 8, 2017 via email to: Brent Champaco, Community Relations Planner, Brent.Champaco@kingcounty.gov

The Road Services Division will evaluate public comments and submit a formal recommendation to the King County Council, which will consider and take action on the recommendation. This process can take up to a year. For more information, please visit the Proposed Speed Limit Reductions webpage.

3 thoughts on “Public comment period ends December 8 for proposed speed limit reductions on NE Novelty Hill Road and SE May Valley Road

  1. Hello ~ I vote in favor of the speed limit reduction change. I also would like to see the same happen to Eastridge Dr as well; It is 25 miles per hour; however, people are driving over 45 miles an hour and this is a residential street. I have been trying in vain to get this proposal taken care of as I have almost been hit by drivers who do not care to yield to pedestrians nor do they care. Thank you.

    • Dear Barb J Espeland,

      Thank you for your email to King County and providing your feedback regarding the proposed speed limit reduction on NE Novelty Hill Road. Your email has been forwarded to the project team, which will evaluate all comments received and submit a formal recommendation to the King County Council. The Council will consider and take action on the recommendation. The process can take up to a year.

      To get more information about these proposed speed limit reductions, please visit http://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/transportation/roads/speed-limit-reductions.aspx. There, you will find specific information about each proposal. As this process moves forward, King County Road Services Division will provide updates to the webpage as information becomes available.

      Thank you again.

  2. Why are you considering This? This Hwy is our main thoroughfare of the island. People living on the road know this……they shouldn’t complain if they are.
    People will still go too fast regardless of what is posted……

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