Going to the fair? Buses are a best bet

With the fair coming, get ready for traffic if you’re headed to Monroe. Leave early and plan alternate routes.

For 11 days, from Thursday through Labor Day, U.S. 2 and Highway 522 will bear the brunt of people traveling to and from the Evergreen State Fair.

An easy way to avoid the traffic headache is to take Community Transit, which runs several routes to the fairgrounds daily. The fair runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

The state Department of Transportation is scheduling around the fair for lane closures for the Bickford Avenue overpass project on U.S. 2. Some of those closures are planned for this week, before the fair begins.

Part of westbound U.S. 2 will be closed for three nights this week to install drainage systems and curbing. The closure covers the section between Highway 9 and the Highway 204-20th Street SE interchange.

The highway will be closed overnight from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning tonight, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

Access to and from Bickford Avenue also will be closed, as will the westbound on-ramp from Highway 9 to U.S. 2. Drivers will be guided on a detour using Highway 9 and 20th Street SE.

Tonight only, one of the two eastbound lanes between the trestle and Highway 9 is scheduled to be closed from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. on Tuesday. Access to and from Bickford Avenue will be closed from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The $22 million overpass, expected to increase safety and help traffic flow at the Bickford Avenue intersection, is tentatively scheduled to open Sept. 16.

E-mail us at streetsmarts@heraldnet.com. Please include your city of residence.

Look for updates on our Street Smarts blog at www.heraldnet.com/streetsmarts.

More in Local News

Departing mayor’s locally drawn portrait joins city’s pantheon

Artist Elizabeth Person’s portrait of Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson will hang with others at City Hall.

Inslee proposes tapping reserves, carbon tax in budget plan

The proposal also includes money for the mental health system and efforts to fight opioid addiction.

One dead in crash south of Granite Falls

Two cars collided near the intersection of N. Lake Roesiger Road and Hidden Valley Road.

2 women struck, injured while crossing busy roads

The first happened Wednesday night in Everett. The second was Thursday morning in Edmonds.

Lynnwood robbery leads to lockdown at Edmonds schools

Edmonds police said it was just a precaution as they search around Edmonds-Woodway High School.

Marysville 7-Eleven hit by armed robbers

Officers set up a perimeter and brought in a police dog, but the man couldn’t be found.

Snohomish man, 63, missing from home since Monday

He left without his keys, wallet and phone, saying something about going to “the river.”

Counties fed up with unfunded mandates may sue the state

For example, no money has been provided to install, maintain and clear out required ballot boxes.

Firefighters come to the rescue and give mom new stroller

Donations to the Good Neighbor Program covered the $143.20 cost.

Most Read