Melissa Slager

A 22% traffic increase means a 90-minute drive to Seattle

“Congestion is part of a booming economy,” says the lead author of a state report on road capacity.

What’s your commute story? Send us your anecdotes

Street Smarts wants to hear from people with noteworthy commutes for future stories. How do you get to work? Is it a three-hour roll by… Continue reading

Sultan to build new bridge for pedestrians, bicyclists

At the same time, the iconic ‘Sultan John’ statue will be temporarily moved for restoration.

Plan your holiday travel; start with a full tank of patience

Compounded by uncertainty after the train derailment, driving will be challenging this week.

Roundabout coming to Highway 9 intersection

The Marysville-area highway project is one of several in line for federal funding.

Meadowdale High School senior Samantha “Sam” Phara is this week’s Herald Super Kid. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Meadowdale senior has designs on a career in architecture

Samantha “Sam” Phara intends to build on her interest in drawing and art.

Meadowdale High School senior Samantha “Sam” Phara is this week’s Herald Super Kid. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Ian Terry / The Herald Westbound cars merge from Highway 204 and 20th Street Southeast onto the trestle during the morning commute on Thursday, March 30 in Lake Stevens. Photo taken on 03302017

Pay a toll on US 2 trestle? 10,000 say no on social media

A GOP lawmaker’s chart shows theoretical toll rates of up to $6.30 to cross the trestle one way.

Ian Terry / The Herald Westbound cars merge from Highway 204 and 20th Street Southeast onto the trestle during the morning commute on Thursday, March 30 in Lake Stevens. Photo taken on 03302017

The retirees of the AOK Club are crafty fundraisers

Every year, their assembly line creates candy wreaths to raise money for charities.

Jamie Copeland is a senior at Cedar Park Christian Schools’ Mountlake Terrace campus. She is a basketball player, ASB president, cheerleader and, of course, a Lion. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Cedar Park Christian senior stepping up to new challenges

Jamie Copeland’s academics include STEM studies, leadership, ASB activities, honor society.

Jamie Copeland is a senior at Cedar Park Christian Schools’ Mountlake Terrace campus. She is a basketball player, ASB president, cheerleader and, of course, a Lion. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Operation Homefront provides support for military families

It recently opened an office in Everett, where 2 Snohomish County women lead the nonprofit’s efforts.

Marysville Getchell High School junior David Samaniego is this week’s Herald Super Kid. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

He’s into Latin, so naturally he’s also into sword-fighting

It’s a Roman thing, explains David Samaniego, a junior at Marysville Getchell High School.

Marysville Getchell High School junior David Samaniego is this week’s Herald Super Kid. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Grants cover safety projects to add crosswalks, guardrails

Snohomish County received $935,000 in grants from the state Highway Safety Improvement Program to apply to three safety projects. Crosswalks will be upgraded in two… Continue reading

Hey, who turns on the lights?

When in doubt, call the PUD for streetlight outages in Snohomish County.

Community Transit starts construction on Green Line stations

Construction has started on the 34 stations that will be used for the Swift Green Line, Community Transit’s second bus rapid transit line that is… Continue reading

Everett High senior spreads his interests around

From drama and books to Scouting and chemistry, Nate Ness gets into a lot of everything.

Markers to return for traffic exiting 164th Walmart complex

After county crews repaved 164th Avenue W, raised pavement markings that helped guide two lanes of turning traffic from 13th Avenue W were not replaced.… Continue reading

Planning — and patience — can ease Thanksgiving travel

The Washington State Department of Transportation offers information to help guide planning.

Hard work is paying off for Mariner High senior

Mey Ly has excelled in school since moving here from Cambodia; she also serves as an intrepreter.

No easy exit from Smokey Point shopping complex

There’s just no easy exit on this one. A reader called in to Street Smarts about striping changes on 27th Avenue NE, for those exiting… Continue reading

Yes to turn signal — eventually

Adding a right-turn signal at 112th St. and 7th Ave. is turning out to be a bit more complicated.