CHAPTER 11
SPEED LIMITS

SECTION:

10-11-1:    Speed Limits

10-11-2:    Procedure To Establish A Twenty (20) Miles Per Hour Speed Limit On Residential Neighborhood Streets

10-11-1 SPEED LIMITS:

A.    The speed limit on all streets within the City limits is hereby established to be twenty-five (25) miles per hour unless otherwise posted by the City or the State of Washington Highway Commission, including the following designated streets constituting a part of the State Highway System:

1.    South 3rd Street (S.R. 900 eastbound) from Rainier Avenue South (S.R. 167) to Mill Avenue South.

2.    Mill Avenue South (S.R. 900 northbound) from South 3rd Street to Bronson Way South.

3.    Bronson Way North and Bronson Way South (S.R. 900) from Main Avenue South to Sunset Boulevard North.

4.    South 2nd Street (S.R. 900 westbound) from Main Avenue South to Rainier Avenue South (S.R. 167).

5.    Main Avenue South (S.R. 515) from South Grady Way to South 3rd Street (S.R. 900). (Ord. 3918, 6-17-85)

6.    Lake Washington Boulevard north from North Park Drive to I-405. (Ord. 4062, 5-4-87)

7.    North 3rd Street from Logan Avenue North to Sunset Boulevard North (S.R. 900). (Ord. 4101, 12-14-87)

8.    Northeast 16th Street from Aberdeen Avenue Northeast to Jones Avenue Northeast – Jones Avenue Northeast from Northeast 16th Street to Northeast 24th Street. (Ord. 4332, 11-18-91)

9.    Aberdeen Avenue Northeast from Sunset Boulevard Northeast (S.R. 900) to Northeast 27th Street. (Ord. 5765, 9-21-15)

B.    The speed limit on the following designated streets is hereby established to be thirty (30) miles per hour:

1.    Sunset Boulevard North, Sunset Boulevard Northeast, except that portion of Queen Avenue Northeast and east City limits, and Northeast Sunset Boulevard (S.R. 900) from Maple Valley Highway easterly to City limits.

2.    Talbot Road South from South 26th Street to South Puget Drive.

3.    Taylor Avenue Northwest from Renton Avenue Extension to Taylor Place Northeast.

4. Taylor Place Northwest from Taylor Avenue Northwest to Stevens Avenue Northwest.

5.    Renton Avenue Extension from Rainier Avenue north to west City limits.

6.    Park Avenue North from Bronson Way North to Garden Avenue North.

7.    North 4th Street from Logan Avenue North to Factory Avenue North.

8.    North 3rd Place from Factory Avenue North to North 3rd Street.

9.    Edmonds Avenue Northeast from Sunset Boulevard Northeast (S.R. 900) to Northeast 27th Street.

10.    Northeast 27th Street from Edmonds Avenue Northeast to Kennewick Place Northeast.

11.    Kennewick Place Northeast from Northeast 27th Street to Northeast 30th Street.

12.    Northeast 30th Street from Kennewick Place Northeast to FAI-405 (Freeway). (Ord. 3918, 6-17-85; amd. Ord. 4332, 11-18-91)

13.    Houser Way North, from Lake Washington Boulevard to North 4th Street.

14.    Union Avenue Northeast from Northeast 4th Street to north City limits.

15.    Edmonds Avenue S.E. from S.E. Puget Drive to S.E. 161st Street, with the exception of the school zone. The school zone established around Cascade Elementary School shall remain in force dependent on time of day or the presence of children.

16.    116th Avenue SE from 161st Street to SE 192nd Street, with the exception of the school zone. The school zone established around Benson Hill Elementary School shall remain in force dependent on time of day or the presence of children.

17.    Southeast May Valley Road from City limits near Coal Creek Parkway to City limits near Nile Avenue Northeast.

18.    Nile Avenue Northeast from Southeast May Valley Road to City limits near Northeast 23rd Street. (Ord. 5494, 9-14-09; Ord. 5765, 9-21-15; Ord. 5815, 9-26-16)

19.    South 132nd Street from west City limits to Renton Avenue South. (Ord. 6020, 6-28-21)

C.    The speed limit on the following designated streets is hereby established to be thirty-five (35) miles per hour:

1.    Southwest Sunset Boulevard (S.R. 900) from Rainier Avenue South (S.R. 167) westerly to west City limits.

2.    Rainier Avenue South from South Grady Way northerly to the north City limits.

3.    East Valley Freeway (S.R. 167) from one-half (1/2) mile south of South Grady Way to South Grady Way.

4.    South Grady Way and Southwest Grady Way from Main Avenue South to west City limits.

5.    Benson Road South (S.R. 515) from South Grady Way to the south City limits.

6.    Airport Way from Rainier Avenue South (S.R. 167) to Logan Avenue South.

7.    Logan Avenue South and Logan Avenue North from Airport Way to North 8th Street. (Ord. 3918, 6-17-85)

8.    Lake Washington Boulevard N.E. at I-405 to the north City limits. (Ord. 4062, 5-4-87)

9.    Northeast 3rd Street from Sunset Boulevard North (S.R. 900) to Jefferson Avenue Northeast.

10.    Northeast 4th Street from Jefferson Avenue Northeast to easterly City limits.

11.    Talbot Road South from South Grady Way to South Puget Drive and from South 26th Street to south City limits.

12.    North Park Drive and Northeast Park Drive (S.R. 900) from Garden Avenue North to Sunset Boulevard Northeast.

13.    South Puget Drive from Benson Road South to Talbot Road South.

14.    Southwest 16th Street extending from that certain drainage channel at Longacres to the East Valley Road.

15.    On Northeast Sunset Boulevard between Queen Avenue Northeast and east City limits. (Ord. 3918, 6-17-85)

16.    Oakesdale Avenue Southwest from Monster Road Southwest to Southwest 43rd Street, and the posting of signs to that effect on both sides of the street. (Ord. 4344, 2-3-92)

17.     Duvall Avenue NE, from the north City limit to NE 4th Street. (Ord. 5412, 9-15-08; Ord. 5494, 9-14-09)

18.    Puget Drive Southeast from Edmonds Avenue Southeast to Benson Road South. (Ord. 6020, 6-28-21)

D.    The speed limit on the following designated streets is hereby established to be forty (40) miles per hour:

1.    On West Valley Highway (S.R. 181), north City limits to south City limits.

2.    On Maple Valley Highway between I-405 and Renton’s east City limits.

3.    Benson Drive South, from South Puget Drive to Petrovitsky Road SE.

4.    108th Avenue SE, from Petrovitsky Road SE to the south City limit at SE 192nd Street. (Ord. 5494, 9-14-09)

E.    The speed limit on the following designated streets is hereby established to be forty-five (45) miles per hour:

1.    East Valley Road from Southwest 16th Street to south City limits. (Ord. 3918, 6-17-85; amd. Ord. 4344, 2-3-92)

F.    The speed limit on the following designated streets is hereby established to be twenty (20) miles per hour:

1.    Northeast 32nd Street from Monterey Court Northeast to its eastern end.

2.    Northeast 33rd Street from Northeast 33rd Place to its eastern end.

3.    Northeast 33rd Place from Lincoln Avenue Northeast to Aberdeen Avenue Northeast.

4.    Northeast 34th Place from Lincoln Avenue Northeast to its eastern end.

5.    Northeast 34th Place from Monterey Court Northeast to Monterey Lane Northeast.

6.    Northeast 35th Street from Aberdeen Avenue Northeast to 112th Place Southeast.

7.    Northeast 35th Place from Lincoln Avenue Northeast to Aberdeen Avenue Northeast.

8.    Lincoln Avenue Northeast from Northeast 36th Street to its south end.

9.    Monterey Court Northeast from Northeast 32nd Street to Northeast 36th Street.

10.    Monterey Lane Northeast from Northeast 33rd Place to Northeast 34th Place.

11.    Aberdeen Avenue Northeast from Northeast 33rd Place to Northeast 35th Place. (Ord. 6020, 6-28-21)

10-11-2 PROCEDURE TO ESTABLISH A TWENTY (20) MILES PER HOUR SPEED LIMIT ON RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD STREETS:

A.    Prior to filing a petition to reduce the speed limit to twenty (20) miles per hour, a requestor will meet with a designated Public Works Transportation Division staff member to discuss the requirements to begin the process for obtaining approval to reduce the speed limit from twenty-five (25) miles per hour to twenty (20) miles per hour on a case by case basis on specific residential streets, using the City of Renton Arterial Streets map adopted August 4, 2014 by Resolution 4222 or as amended.

B.    In order for the City to consider the request to reduce the speed limit from twenty-five (25) miles per hour to twenty (20) miles per hour, the following process must occur:

1.    City staff shall consult the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices as adopted by the Washington State Department of Transportation.

2.    The requestor will be required to gather signatures on a petition in the form provided by or approved by the City for an area of the neighborhood mutually determined between the City and requestor, and illustrated on an area map developed by the City. The petition is to determine the neighborhood’s acceptance of the speed reduction. Each vacant property, single family residential property, each dwelling unit on multifamily properties and each business will be allowed one (1) signature on the petition.

3.    The requestor is required to obtain a petition regarding lowering of the speed limit to twenty (20) miles per hour to be signed by at least sixty percent (60%) of the property owners, business owners and residents, as set forth above in subsection B.2 in the area map of interest, endorsing the lowering of the speed limit to twenty (20) miles per hour (“60% Petition”).

a.    The petition form must be provided by or approved by the City.

b.    The signatures on the 60% Petition will be valid for one (1) year from the date of signing – signatures without a date and an address will be invalid and not counted.

4.    Upon receipt of the 60% Petition, City staff will prepare an agenda bill including an ordinance to be presented to the City Council for consideration of the petitioners’ request that the speed limit on the residential neighborhood streets in the subject area be reduced to twenty (20) miles per hour, and the basis for the staff recommendation. Staff may recommend that Council approve, deny or modify the petitioned request to reduce the speed limit.

5.    The City Council may approve, deny or modify the petitioned request to reduce the speed limit.

6.    Effective Date of Reduced Speed Limit:

a.    Upon City Council approval, adoption and effective date of the ordinance, staff will install the signs showing the speed limit in that area to be twenty (20) miles per hour.

b.    The altered speed limit authorized shall be effective when the appropriate signs giving notice are erected.

C.    The City at all times reserves the right to implement speed limits per state law, to reject or deny the petition to reduce the speed limit, and to cancel the speed limit reduction within in one (1) year of its effective date and the previous speed limit reestablished. (Ord. 5955, 11-25-19)