FOLLOWUP: Signs going up for Delridge Way’s new 30 mph speed limit

When SDOT announced late yesterday that the long-planned 30 mph speed limit would finally take effect on Delridge Way today, they promised a fast signage switch – and it’s indeed happening.

The new sign (left) just went up on the northbound side of Delridge at Hudson – an hour after we noted the old sign (right) still up. And three trailers with radar speed displays are in place:


That one is on the southbound side of Delridge at Oregon; the other two are at Findlay (also on the SB side) and at Myrtle (on the northbound side).

Thanks to the texter who tipped us that crews were already out first thing this morning!

12 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: Signs going up for Delridge Way's new 30 mph speed limit"

  • BJ December 20, 2016 (11:54 am)

    This makes perfect sense.  Lower the speed limit on the arterial and then people will speed on the residential streets.  Thanks for your great work City of Seattle!!

  • David Boneham December 20, 2016 (12:31 pm)

    Glad to see this. I’ve used Delridge for bicycle commutes from downtown to White Center and the road gave me the creeps. Might be a bit safer. Now if SDOT would only pave it then I wouldn’t have to keep tightening up my spokes and when I use the car I wouldn’t have to play pothole and crack dodger.

  • Tim December 20, 2016 (1:53 pm)

    Rarely do you get up to 30 on this road anyway.  Can’t wait to see how upset cars get when the lead car is going 20 instead of 25.

  • old timer December 20, 2016 (2:31 pm)

    Hey, if they drop the limit to 15, they will never have to pave again!

  • Pete December 20, 2016 (2:41 pm)

    As you come off the West Seattle bridge onto Delridge where is the first reduced speed sign? It used to be three blocks south of the bridge so cars were still going 45 as they passed Skylark up to the Andover intersection.

    • WSB December 20, 2016 (2:55 pm)

      I went down Delridge twice between 9:20 and 10:55 and the fixed sign I photographed at Delridge/Hudson was the first and only one I saw – won’t be able to check again for another couple hours but maybe somebody coming home from work can look.

  • Alon December 20, 2016 (2:46 pm)

    Thank you SDOT. My kids cross Delridge from their bus. We all ride bicycles on it. And, as a driver I am thankful for this. Delridge has been too much of a freeway for too long. Slow down folks. 

  • Jason December 20, 2016 (3:47 pm)

    Great, now the Prius in front of me will do 20 MPH down the road. I didn’t need to get anywhere anyway. 

  • flimflam December 20, 2016 (4:34 pm)

    curious as to what it costs to change a few signs these days…

  • Mike December 20, 2016 (4:56 pm)

    Great news.  Unless you are an emergency service responder, 30 is plenty fast.  Slow dow.n and enjoy life!

  • millie December 20, 2016 (7:15 pm)

    Question – how does SDOT have the funding, staff and time to put up new speed signs, little white markers for bicycle lanes, re-stripe and, yet, keep the streets (i.e., 106th from 39th Avenue SW to Marine View Drive SW) in the same condition as 3rd world countries?  This, by the way, is not the only street in West Seattle in the same “sad” shape – drive north on Delridge Way from Home Depot – similar to “mogul skiing” without the snow.  I hear and appreciate the concerns expressed regarding the safety issue (particularly child safety), however, I’ve seen drivers going down the center lane at 50-60 miles per hour to bypass traffic driving the speed limit.  There will  always be  individuals with  over-sized sense of entitlement and importance.   

  • Junction Lady December 21, 2016 (7:47 pm)

    This new speed sounds reasonable.

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