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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 will be closed in both directions between 24th and 27th avenues, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through April 29 while city crews continue to locate existing water main lines. 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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March 10  |  Herald staff
Striping helps big rigs make turns off Boeing Freeway
Don Holt of Mukilteo wondered about the newly painted lane striping as you exit Highway 526 to head northbound on Evergreen Way.There are two lanes that allow eastbound drivers to turn left onto northbound Evergreen Way, feeding into three northbound lanes (plus a left-turn lane for those wanting to get back on the Boeing Freeway westbound).

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March 2  |  Herald staff
Closure dates for 212th Street SW have been set as Lynnwood leads work to repair a water main break that occurred in November.Construction is to close all but one lane of 212th Street between 52nd Avenue W and 63rd Avenue W, from Thursday through May 15. A portion of the road (from 52nd Avenue to 60th Avenue) is then to be fully closed, with the rest of the work area still down to one lane, through May 31.

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March 2  |  By Melissa Slager Herald Writer
Thinking about buying or leasing a new (or new-to-you) car? You might want to check the renewal date for licensing fees on your current vehicle.That advice comes from Roland Jones of Lynnwood, who recently spent quite a chunk of change in his transition from one car to another.Jones had just sent in his $135 payment to renew the tabs on his old vehicle, a 2013 Hyundai Sante Fe, when he decided to trade that car in for a lease on a 2016 model at an Everett dealership.

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March 1  |  Herald staff
A water main and sewer line project in the Bothell area will close lanes of traffic until fall.Crews will close a single lane of 13th Drive SE in Bothell through April 1 for the Alderwood Water and Wastewater District project.

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February 29  |  By Melissa Slager Herald Writer
The state House proposes spending $1.5 million from a supplemental transportation funding package to complete an interchange justification report for the U.S. 2 trestle where Highway 204 and 20th Street SE feed into it in the westbound direction.So what exactly is an interchange justification report?Travis Phelps from the Washington State Department of Transportation fills us in on the bureaucratic details.

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February 28  |  By Melissa Slager Herald Writer
So what’s the best time to hit the trestle?This question came up for me following another great-idea-no-can-do from a Street Smarts reader.I’ve heard tale of a “magical minute” — hit the westbound U.S. 2 trestle before it, and you’re home-free; hit the trestle after it, and you’re stuck.

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February 25  |  
Eight weekend lane closures on I-5 between Everett and Marysville are about to start but have been pushed back a week due to forecast rain. Now, the first scheduled for the southbound direction from 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, to 4 a.m. Monday, March 7.

State contractors are replacing expansion joints in the northbound...

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February 23  |  By Melissa Slager Herald Writer
Given that widening the westbound U.S. 2 trestle between Lake Stevens and Everett is eons off, Street Smarts reader TJ McDermott chimed in with his own idea to help address congestion in the meantime.

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February 22  |  Herald staff
Transit use has grown twice as fast as the population since 2010, according to a recent Puget Sound Regional Council brief.In 2015, 179 million boardings were logged on fixed-route buses, light rail, street cars and commuter rail in the region. That’s up 1.7 million compared to 2014, which itself was a record-setting year.

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February 21  |  By Melissa Slager Herald Writer
A third bypass for buses to get around carpool-lane congestion on I-5 opened last week at the Lynnwood Transit Center.It joins similar shortcuts buses have been allowed to take since fall at the Mountlake Terrace Freeway Station and at Northgate, using the left-hand on- and off-ramps that are open to transit only.

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