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May 29  |  By Melissa Slager Herald Writer
The state has seen far more people use the I-405 express toll lanes than it forecasted.At the same time, the state’s forecasts for the number of carpool users have proved to be dismally off.

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May 27  |  Herald staff
Work to repair a water main that broke in November will be delayed by a week.Lynnwood continues its emergency repairs on a stretch of 212th Street SW that skirts Hall Lake between 52nd and 60th avenues. Part of the roadway goes into Mountlake Terrace city limits.

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May 27  |  By Melissa Slager Herald Writer
There are apps, websites, planning tools, even reservations to help out. But the best thing you can do to plan for Memorial Day weekend travel is just … be … patient.

Roadways, ferry docks and border crossings are expected to be jammed like they haven't been in more than a decade, spurred by the lowest gas prices in 11 years.

If your travels take you on U.S. 2 — notorious...

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May 17  |  Herald staff
A safer crossing for joggers and cyclists is coming to a busy “T” intersection at the far north end of Everett, though the work is a ways off yet.

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May 15  |  Herald staff
Washington State Ferries advises riders to plan for reduced capacity on the Mukilteo-Clinton route.Starting Monday and continuing through Sunday, June 11, plan for 24 fewer vehicle spaces on roughly half of all sailings.The temporary downsizing is needed while the 144-car Tokitae normally assigned to the route is out of service for scheduled warranty work.

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May 12  |  By Melissa Slager Herald Writer
County road crews begin paving, chip sealing
Snohomish County has started on its to-do list of summer paving and chip seal roadwork.It’s about a month ahead of last year’s work, due to an increased list of 2017 patchwork jobs that need initial prep work done this year.

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May 10  |  Herald staff
Street Smarts reader Brian Laine, of Arlington, writes: “In the last few months, there has been work to extend 156th Street NE (includes the I-5 overpass, just south of Smokey Point) to the east of Smokey Point Blvd. Can you tell us what this expansion is for? Any possibility that it will eventually be extended to 67th...

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May 9  |  Herald staff
ARLINGTON — McLeod Avenue is to be closed Tuesday for paving.The road is scheduled to be closed between Fifth Street and Division Street from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Detours will be posted.

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May 7  |  Herald staff
STANWOOD — A wider Highway 532 between Stanwood and Camano Island opened to traffic Thursday.

Work by state Department of Transportation contractor crews to rebuild the Davis Slough Bridge started in August 2014. Wet weather delayed the original planned opening for fall 2015.

A four-foot wide median now separates eastbound and westbound traffic. Wider shoulders provide room for...

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May 7  |  Herald staff
BOTHELL — The state Department of Transportation Toll Division and I-405 program staff will give a public briefing on the I-405 express toll lanes, 7-8 p.m. Thursday at the Bothell Library, 18215 98th Ave. NE. This presentation on express toll lanes performance and improvements will focus on how they've been operating around Bothell.

Bothell sits across a kind of dividing line in how the toll lanes have performed since opening in September 2015.

South of...

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May 3  |  By Melissa Slager Herald Writer
Only my children are excited about getting stuck at the Highway 529 draw bridge at rush hour.Herald News Editor Mark Carlson raises this perennial pet peeve. Carlson once lived in Marysville and until recently continued to cut across the flats on his commute between work in Everett and home in La Conner.

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May 2  |  By Melissa Slager Herald Writer
The magic of three does not extend to the "fast" lane of interstate highways — at least not without some dollar signs attached.

John Dewhirst, of Edmonds, wonders if the Washington State Department of Transportation will change I-5 high-occupancy vehicle lane rules to three or more occupants — rather than the current two-plus rule — given persistent congestion in the lanes.

Congestion in the HOV lanes "from Everett to Seattle...

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April 27  |  By Melissa Slager Herald Writer
Traffic can get tied up real quick in the Lowell area of Everett when a train comes through the crossing where Lenora Street turns into Lowell Snohomish River Road.Jim Jackson has lived in the Lowell neighborhood since 1974. With more people and more trains, the backups have gotten quite awful.

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April 26  |  Herald staff
Mike Carpenter of Everett asks about a confusing situation for drivers looking to turn right from 112th Street SE onto 19th Avenue SE.

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April 25  |  Herald staff
There's less congestion on I-405 on weekends since the state limited tolling to 5 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays, according to a six-month update on tolling from the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Meanwhile, the state continues to plan ways to improve the evening commute for north-end commuters, who still have a slower drive since tolling started in September.

Travel...

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April 22  |  Herald staff
Burley Drive continues to be closed in both directions between 24th and 27th avenues, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily while city crews work on a water main project. Work is now expected to continue through June 24. Detour traffic signs are installed.

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April 20  |  By Melissa Slager Herald Writer
A new turn signal will help drivers trying to head west off Highway 104 near the Edmonds ferry thanks to a Street Smarts reader.

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April 18  |  By Melissa Slager Herald Writer
Light rail in the long run: Are buses a better choice? There's a chip on our shoulder. We've been overlooked for decades. It's time we get ours.

But is light rail worth the fight?

Under the Sound Transit "ST3" draft plan, light rail wouldn't reach manufacturing powerhouses Boeing and Paine Field until 2041.


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April 11  |  Herald staff
Eino Moks of Everett writes about large car carriers that periodically park in the center turn lane of 112th Street SW just west of Evergreen Way.

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April 10  |  By Melissa Slager Herald Writer
My partner in crime and loyal Street Smarts reader, Herald copy editor Bill Pedigo, asked about the unused railroad bridge that spans I-5 near 116th Street NE in Marysville.

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April 6  |  Herald staff
Happy Hollow Road (220th Street NW) outside Silvana is down to one lane for about a 1,000-foot stretch around the 3801 area.The westbound lane is closed indefinitely until the road shoulder can be stabilized after a culvert failed, Snohomish County Public Works staff said. Stop signs are at each end of damaged area.

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April 5  |  Herald staff
LAKE STEVENS ­— Work is set to begin on Glover’s Bridge over the Pilchuck River...

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April 3  |  Herald staff
Paving is expected to start this first week of April on the new Highway 532 Davis Slough Bridge.After several weather-related delays, state contractor crews are hoping for fair weather to finish the project off. The bridge is the only one linking Camano Island to the mainland. The new bridge was originally expected to be done last fall.

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March 31  |  Herald staff
A Lynnwood Walk and Talk event to discuss planned changes near a future light rail station is planned for 10 a.m. to noon April 2. The event starts and stops at Verdant Health Commission, 4710 196th St. SW.

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March 30  |  Herald staff
Jake Ritland of Marysville asks: "After the widening of Smokey Point Boulevard from 116th Street NE to 136th Street NE, I have noticed some blue indicators located in the lane of travel northbound near the center turn lane. They are shaped like the normal white or yellow lane indicators and are spaced about 50 to 70 yards apart. What are they used for?"

Jesse Hannahs, the city's traffic engineer, answers: "The blue raised pavement markers indicate the...

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March 28  |  Herald staff
SNOHOMISH — Broadway Avenue between 180th and 188th streets will be closed for a week as crews working for Snohomish County install a storm system and two vaults.The half-mile stretch of Broadway Avenue, east of Highway 9, is slated to be fully closed from 6 a.m. Friday to 8 p.m. April 9. Single lane closures already in place will continue until then.

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March 23  |  By Melissa Slager Herald Writer
Traveling for spring break? Expect insane lines at Sea-Tac
Commuters will get a respite as the majority of Snohomish County public school districts take a weeklong recess April 4-8 for spring break.The only exceptions are the Monroe and Mukilteo school districts, which take their spring break April 11-15. (But if you locals think it will help you beat other vacationing families, you might want to consider that’s the same week Seattle School District takes its break.)

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March 21  |  By Melissa Slager Herald Writer
If you want the lowest possible bus fare, the steps to get it may be stricter than you’d like.



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March 15  |  Herald staff
The road that accesses waterfront properties on the east side of Lake Roesiger will be reduced to one lane for several months while emergency repairs are made to a culvert. The lane closure extends several hundred feet on the west side of S Tulloch Road, near the address of 112/120 S Tulloch Road. Barricades...

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March 14  |  By Melissa Slager Herald Writer
Weigh stations struggle to remain open with too few troopers
Tim Vesely of Lake Stevens writes: “What was the point of wasting taxpayer dollars refurbishing the weigh station in Everett on the I-5 southbound, when it is never open?”

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