Chapter 11.16
MAXIMUM SPEED LIMITS

Sections:

11.16.010    Applicability.

11.16.020    Designated maximum speed limit.

11.16.030    Designated maximum speed limit - Residential districts.

11.16.040    Designated maximum speed limit - Gravel roads.

11.16.050    Violation.

11.16.060    Change of existing speed limits - When effective.

11.16.070    Authority - County engineer.

11.16.080    Appeal procedures.

11.16.090    Special conditions.

11.16.100    Log of speed limits.

11.16.110    Reduced speed where persons working.

11.16.900    Severability.

11.16.010 Applicability.

The provisions of this chapter apply to all public roads within unincorporated Snohomish county.

(Added Ord. 84-089, § 1, Aug. 27, 1984).

11.16.020 Designated maximum speed limit.

Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, the maximum speed limit that a person may operate a vehicle of any character upon any road in the unincorporated areas of Snohomish county shall be 35 miles per hour.

(Added Ord. 84-089, § 1, Aug. 27, 1984).

11.16.030 Designated maximum speed limit - Residential districts.

The maximum speed limit that a person may drive a vehicle of any type on a road in a residential district in the unincorporated area of Snohomish county shall be 25 miles per hour except where a different speed limit has been posted. "Residential district" shall have the meaning given for "residence district" in RCW 46.04.470: "‘Residence district’ means the territory contiguous to and including a public highway not comprising a business district, when the property on such public highway for a continuous distance of 300 feet or more on either side thereof is in the main improved with residences or residences and buildings in use for business." If the definition of "residence district" in RCW 46.04.470 is later amended, the amended language will control over the language in this section.

(Added Ord. 84-089, § 1, Aug. 27, 1984; Amended by Amended Ord. 12-112, Jan. 9, 2013, Eff date March 1, 2013).

11.16.040 Designated maximum speed limit - Gravel roads.

The maximum speed limit that a person may drive a vehicle of any type on a gravel road in the unincorporated area of Snohomish county shall be 25 miles per hour except where a different speed limit has been posted.

(Added Ord. 84-089, § 1, Aug. 27, 1984).

11.16.050 Violation.

Any violation of this chapter shall be a traffic infraction punishable in accordance with chapter 46.63 RCW.

(Added Ord. 84-089, § 1, Aug. 27, 1984; Amended by Amended Ord. 12-112, Jan. 9, 2013, Eff date March 1, 2013; Amended by Amended Ord. 12-111, Jan. 9, 2013, Eff date March 1, 2013).

11.16.060 Change of existing speed limits - When effective.

Speed limits in effect on the date of the adoption of this chapter shall remain in effect until the county engineer shall change speed limits under the provisions of this chapter or when the county council shall, by ordinance, institute speed limit changes and when such changes, in either case, are posted. Prior to the county engineer making a change in a speed limit under the provisions of this chapter, the department of public works shall publish, in a newspaper of general circulation in the county, a notice of the proposed speed limit and the procedure for appealing the proposed speed limit. Any new speed limit will become effective upon posting consistent with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways adopted in SCC 11.24.010. No speed limit change is effective until posted.

(Added Ord. 84-089, § 1, Aug. 27, 1984; Amended by Amended Ord. 12-112, Jan. 9, 2013, Eff date March 1, 2013).

11.16.070 Authority - County engineer.

The county engineer is authorized to revise existing speed limits on all county roads; provided, that such speed limit revisions shall not exceed 10 miles per hour. The determination of the proper speed limit will be based upon the following engineering and traffic investigation factors:

(1) Road surface characteristics, shoulder conditions, grade, alignment and sight distance;

(2) The 85 percentile speed and pace speed;

(3) Roadside development and roadside friction;

(4) Safe speed for curves or hazardous locations within the zone;

(5) Parking practices and pedestrian activity; and

(6) Reported accident experience for a recent 12-month period.

(Added Ord. 84-089, § 1, Aug. 27, 1984; Amended by Amended Ord. 12-112, Jan. 9, 2013, Eff date March 1, 2013).

11.16.080 Appeal procedures.

The decision of the county engineer concerning any speed limit revision other than a temporary speed limit established pursuant to SCC 11.16.090 may be appealed by an aggrieved party to the county council; provided, that an appeal is filed in writing within 30 calendar days from the date of the posting of the new speed zone. Any appeal must be submitted to the clerk of the county council, 8th floor, Robert J. Drewel Building, 3000 Rockefeller, M/S/ 609, Everett, Washington, 98201.

(Added Ord. 84-089, § 1, Aug. 27, 1984; Amended by Amended Ord. 12-112, Jan. 9, 2013, Eff date March 1, 2013).

11.16.090 Special conditions.

Reduced temporary speed limits for special conditions, such as where there is construction on or near a county road, may be set by the county engineer, provided these locations are posted with signs in accordance with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices adopted in SCC 11.24.010. Such temporary speed limits may reduce the posted speed limit by more than 10 miles per hour.

(Added Ord. 84-089, § 1, Aug. 27, 1984; Amended by Amended Ord. 12-112, Jan. 9, 2013, Eff date March 1, 2013).

11.16.100 Log of speed limits.

The county engineer shall maintain a log for each established speed limit. The log shall list each road section and the speed limit thereon, and the beginning and ending mile posts for each such road segment.

(Added Ord. 84-089, § 1, Aug. 27, 1984; Amended by Amended Ord. 12-112, Jan. 9, 2013, Eff date March 1, 2013).

11.16.110 Reduced speed where persons working.

A maximum speed limit of 20 miles per hour is hereby established for those areas of Snohomish county in which authorized persons are working within the traveled roadway, provided said areas are posted with signs in accordance with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices adopted in SCC 11.24.010.

(Added Ord. 84-089, § 1, Aug. 27, 1984; Amended by Amended Ord. 12-112, Jan. 9, 2013, Eff date March 1, 2013).

11.16.900 Severability.

If any portion of this chapter is held to be invalid, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining sections of this chapter. The county council declares that it would have adopted this chapter and each section of it, even if any one or more sections, subsections, sentences, clauses, phrases, parts or portions are declared invalid or unconstitutional.

(Added Ord. 84-089, § 1, Aug. 27, 1984).