The speed limit is about to be lowered for a nearly two-mile stretch of state Route 510 within the Nisqually Reservation.
According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, SR510 from Reservation Road to the western boundary of the Nisqually Reservation (milepost 8.85 to milepost 10) will go from 50 mph down to 45 mph. In addition, SR510 from the eastern boundary of the reservation to the western boundary (milepost 10 to milepost 10.9) will be reduced from 40 mph to 35 mph.
The new speed limits will be enforceable as soon as speed limit signs are installed along the highway next week, the week of Feb. 23.
The reduced speeds are the result of a traffic study that was conducted by WSDOT, according to agency spokeswoman Claudia Bingham Baker. The study was requested by members of the Nisqually tribe, who cited safety concerns for pedestrians and higher levels of vehicle traffic along that section of the highway, according to a news release.