The city of Olympia is reminding residents that the speed limit will change Tuesday on Capitol Boulevard near Olympia’s Wildwood neighborhood.
The city is lowering the speed limit from 35 mph to 25 mph on the stretch of Capitol between Carlyon Avenue Southeast and the Interstate 5 overpass. The change is due to street alignment, the presence of residential driveways, and people biking and walking, the city reported in a news release.
The change also creates a consistent speed limit from Carlyon Avenue to downtown Olympia.
The change was approved by the Olympia City Council in December. Mary Beth Lang, of the nearby Wildwood Neighborhood Association, said at a Dec. 6 meeting that nearby residents strongly support the lower speed limit.
“It can be quite a hair-raising experience. There are quite a few blind spots that make it difficult,” Lang told the council about turning into residential driveways and the shopping center situated at Capitol and O’Farrell Avenue. “We also feel reducing speed limits will help contribute to the establishment of bike corridors.”