MONROE — The Washington State Department of Transportation is lowering the speed limit on U.S. 2 through most of the city.
Much of the existing 55 mph zone will disappear. Heading east on U.S. 2, the speed limit will drop from 60 mph to 55 mph at the usual spot, then drop to 45 mph before reaching the city limits, west of Fryelands Boulevard. Currently, the 55 mph speed limit extends to the Evergreen State Fairgrounds.
Meanwhile, the 35 mph zone that starts shortly after entering the east end of town on westbound U.S. 2 will be extended farther, to just west of Highway 522.
The changes go into effect early next week.
Planners hope the changes result in fewer crashes and a safer environment for pedestrians.