Traffic

Speed limits will go up on state Route 16

Traffic flows freely on eastbound state Route 16 in Tacoma after the final lane was opened near the exit for Union Avenue on Sept. 3, 2014.
Traffic flows freely on eastbound state Route 16 in Tacoma after the final lane was opened near the exit for Union Avenue on Sept. 3, 2014. Staff file

Speed limits on state Route 16, held down by active construction projects, are about to go back up.

The state Department of Transportation will restore eastbound and westbound sections of the highway to “urban highway speeds” starting Sunday, according to a department news release.

The increased limits follow completion of projects through the Nalley Valley area. Here are the spots:

▪ On westbound state Route 16 from Interstate 5 to Union Avenue, the speed limit will increase to 60 miles per hour from 50 mph.

▪ On eastbound state Route16 from Union Avenue to I-5, the 40 mph speed limit will increase to 50 mph.

▪ On eastbound state Route16 from the Pearl Street exit to Union Avenue, the 55 mph speed limit will rise to 60 mph.

New speed limit signs will be posted during the week of Oct. 25, the agency said.

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