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June 21  |  Herald staff
The Washington State Department of Transportation has three road projects that are expected to affect drivers in Snohomish County starting tonight and continuing through next week.

In Snohomish, drivers on U.S. 2 should expect nightly detours this weekend. WSDOT crews plan to work on paving and sealing cracks.

The work is scheduled from 8 tonight to 5 a.m. Sunday. It's expected to continue during those...

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May 14  |  Herald staff
Drivers who use the Bickford Avenue overpass to access U.S. 2 in Snohomish should take another route Thursday evening and into Friday morning. Here is the word from the Washington State Department of Transportation:

SNOHOMISH – Drivers who use the Bickford Avenue on-ramps to eastbound or westbound U.S. 2 should be prepared to use an alternate route on Thursday, May 15.



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May 2  |  Herald staff
Starting Monday, drivers should expect some delays over the Snohomish River bridge during maintenance work.

Here are details in press release from the Washington state Department of Transportation:



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April 30  |  Herald staff
Work is set to begin Monday to replace portions of asphalt and the sidewalk on 44th Avenue in Lynnwood. Work is expected to continue through the end of August.

Here's a press release from the city of Lynnwood:

Starting on Monday May 5, 2014, The City of Lynnwood is officially launching the 44th Ave Pavement Preservation Project. The project will remove and replace portions of the old asphalt and sidewalk to...

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April 30  |  Herald staff
A lane closure is planned in May on 206th Place SW near Lynnwood. From Snohomish County Public Works:

The Snohomish County Department of Public Works advises motorists in the Lynnwood area of the single lane closure on 206 Pl SW.

This single lane closure will be from May 2, 2014 through May 23, 2014, between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM.

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April 29  |  Herald staff
A lane closure is planned in May on 113th Drive SE in Lake Stevens. From Snohomish County Public Works:

The Snohomish County Department of Public Works advises motorists in the Lake Stevens area of the single lane closure on 113 Dr SE.

This single lane closure will be from May 2, 2014 through May 23, 2014, between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM.

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April 29  |  Herald staff
Drivers will have to navigate a lane closure on 182nd Street SE in Bothell during May. Details from Snohomish County Public Works:

The Snohomish County Department of Public Works advises motorists in the Bothell area of the single lane closure on 182 St SE.

This single lane closure will be from May 2, 2014 through May 23, 2014, between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM.

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April 21  |  By Bill Sheets Herald Writer
This will be my last Street Smarts column. After 30 years in newspapers, nearly 10 years at the Herald and five years of writing this column, I’m moving on down the highway.

It has been an indescribable honor to work for a paper where people care so deeply about their product and their community. Though Street Smarts will be taking a hiatus, I hope you will continue to support The Herald. It is vitally important that this voice be maintained.

Thank you...

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April 14  |  By Bill Sheets Herald Writer
How soon we forget. In May 2008, the sharp rise of gas prices to more than $4 per gallon for the first time in U.S. history drove a spike through our driving habits.

We took fewer trips. We carpooled more. We rode buses. We walked. We bought smaller cars.

Prices fell. In October, the recession hit, and by December gas prices had plunged all the way down to less than $1.70 per gallon, according to

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April 7  |  By Bill Sheets Herald Writer
For someone who wants to drive from Darrington to Everett, each of the two available options takes about two hours.One of them, however, is probably a lot easier on the car. There also are places to eat, talk on the phone and go to the bathroom.

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April 2  |  By Bill Sheets
Beginning Thursday, Community Transit's emergency Route 231 will begin serving the Sauk-Suiattle Indian Reservation on Chief Brown Lane, north of Darrington.

There will be four trips each weekday, each direction. For specific schedule information, visit www.communitytransit.org/darrington.

The stop was...

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March 30  |  By Bill Sheets Herald Writer
The state Department of Transportation has established a webpage to provide updated information on Highway 530 near Oso and other road-related developments in the area. Go to www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/SR530/Landslide/.

Paving scheduled in Lynnwood

The $5.7 million project to widen 52nd Avenue W. from 148th Street SW to the Lynnwood city limits is nearing completion.


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March 24  |  By Bill Sheets Herald Writer
More closures are planned in Monroe this week as part of the repaving of Highway 203.Work recently began on the $5.7 million project to repave the highway from Monroe to Carnation.This week, crews plan to close shoulders and sidewalks in Monroe and Carnation from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day for work on sidewalk improvements.

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March 17  |  By Bill Sheets Herald Writer
Laurie Heston of Lynnwood writes: "I’m writing regarding all the new development along 164th Street SW and the traffic being generated.

The two traffic signals on eastbound 164th just west of I-5, at Ash Way and the freeway on-and-off ramps, are very close together. It appears there is room to move the easternmost stop line farther east to fit up to six more cars between the two lights.

The current situation creates...

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March 10  |  By Bill Sheets Herald Writer
The best thing that ever happened to public transportation might just be the smartphone.

Everybody knows, or should, that fiddling with a phone, tablet or laptop while driving is illegal and inviting disaster.

Talking, texting or net surfing while riding a bus or train is another thing altogether.

More people — especially younger ones — seem to be doing just that.

According to a

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March 5  |  By Bill Sheets
The U.S. 2 highway at Stevens Pass is closed because of slides and avalanche control, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The closure applies to the area between mileposts 58 to 64.5. The highway is projected to reopen at 1 p.m., according to the transportation department.

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March 3  |  By Bill Sheets Herald Writer
Natalie Gettemy of Everett writes: On Fourth Avenue W. in south Everett, there are two schools within a couple of hundred feet of one another: Mariner High School and Voyager Middle School. Nowhere near either school is there a “school zone” speed limit sign.

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February 24  |  By Bill Sheets Herald Writer
If you’ve seen people texting or talking on the phone while driving — or if you’ve been doing it yourself — a new poll shows you’re not alone.

It’s dangerous, illegal, and people still are doing it.

A recent poll by PEMCO insurance found that most people are aware of state laws prohibiting texting and hand operation of phones while driving, and some are knowingly violating those laws. Many of those are younger drivers,...

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