Higher speed limits were posted on the Hanford highway in time for the morning commute Monday.
The speed limit has been raised from 55 to 60 mph to improve safety during morning and late afternoon rush hours on Route 4 South from Horn Rapids Road to the Wye Barricade. The barricade is the entrance to the secure portion of the nuclear reservation.
Hanford officials are hoping the change will reduce aggressive passing and traffic backups by narrowing the speeds that different cars are traveling.
Other changes also are planned. Starting in September, Route 4 South from Canton Avenue in the 200 East Area of central Hanford will switch to a one-way, two-lane road to the Wye Barricade for traffic traveling toward Richland during the late-afternoon commute.
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And work will start this fall to improve the intersection of Routes 3 and 4 in central Hanford with right-turn and merge lanes. Work also should start to add turnouts or widen shoulders on Route 4 South and Beloit Avenue.
Changes are being made on a trial basis. Comments can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org.