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Background

In response to citizen concerns, King County is considering changing the speed limit on 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

On this page find information about the proposed changes for each location and answers to frequently-asked questions.

NE Novelty Hill Road

King County is proposing to reduce the speed limit on a 1.5-mile segment of NE Novelty Hill Road and is requesting public input:

Proposed speed limit change from 45 miles per hour to 40 miles per hour.
From the trail crossing, which is located one-half of a mile west of Trilogy Parkway, to Eastridge Drive NE.
Proposed speed limit change from 45 miles per hour to 35 miles per hour for non trucks and 30 miles per hour for trucks.
From Eastridge Drive NE to West Snoqualmie Valley Road.

The public comment period closes Friday, Dec. 8, 2017.

Submit comments via email to:

Brent Champaco
Community Relations Planner
Brent.Champaco@kingcounty.gov.

The Road Services Division will evaluate 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.

Novelty Hill speed limit reduction locations

SE May Valley Road

King County is proposing to reduce the speed limit on a 1.5-mile segment of SE May Valley Road and is requesting public input:

Proposed speed limit change from 40 miles per hour to 35 miles per hour.
From SE 128th Way to Issaquah Hobart Road SE.

The public comment period closes Friday, Dec. 8, 2017.

Submit comments via email to:

Brent Champaco
Community Relations Planner
Brent.Champaco@kingcounty.gov.

The Road Services Division will evaluate 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.

SE May Valley speed limit reduction location

Frequently asked questions

1. Where is King County considering changing the speed limit and how much will the speed limit be reduced?

Roadway From To Current Speed Limit  Proposed Speed Limit 
NE Novelty Hill Road Trail Crossing 0.5 miles west of Trilogy Parkway  Eastridge Drive NE 45 miles per hour 40 miles per hour
NE Novelty Hill Road Eastridge Drive NE West Snoqualmie Valley Road 45 miles per hour 30 miles per hour for trucks; 35 miles per hour for all other vehicles
SE May Valley Road SE 128th Way Issaquah Hobart Road SE  40 miles per hour 35 miles per hour

2. Why is King County considering these changes?

In response to citizen concerns, King County 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.

3. When will the speed change take effect (signs posted)?

The process generally takes 6 to 12 months. First, there is a 2-week public comment period. Then, the comments are evaluated. Next, a formal recommendation is transmitted to the King County Council for review. The Council will engage in a dialog with Roads to answer questions. Finally, the Council will issue its approval. When/if approved, it generally takes county crews 3 weeks to manufacture and install the signs.

4. How will I know that the speed limit change has taken place?

King County’s Road Services Division uses social media to get the word out about changes. Road Alert emails and texts are commonly used, along with tweets and Facebook posts. If you would like to sign up for one or more of these, click HERE.

In addition, bright orange diamond or square “flags” will be attached to the new speed limit signs when installed to draw motorist’s attention to the change.

5. What can I do to express my opinion about the change on my road?

Contact Community Relations Planner Brent Champaco at Brent.champaco@kingcounty.gov.

6. What should I do to report other concerns about my road?

Please feel free to report any unincorporated King County road issues to our 24/7 Road Helpline at 206-477-8100 or toll-free at 800-527-6237. These phones are staffed 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. For non-urgent issues, you may email maint.roads@kingcounty.gov. If you provide your contact information, staff will contact you about your concerns.

Call us:

206-477-8100 or 1-800-527-6237 (1-800-KC-ROADS)

Questions?

Send us an email.