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Street Smarts
July 23  |  Herald staff
Major renovations are underway at the cramped Ash Way Park and Ride and Swamp Creek Park and Ride lots that will result in more parking.Most of the work on the Community Transit projects is taking place over the weekends to minimize disruption, though some parking has been temporarily lost to construction equipment.

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July 20  |  By Melissa Slager Herald writer
Inaugural Snohomish County Bike Bash is July 25 It's not that Dorothé Reijnders didn't bike before.

"I'm from the Netherlands. Over there, we bike because we need to go from A to B," she said.

But it wasn't until she bought a road bike and then started training two years ago for a 200-plus mile ride that she "got hooked."

"It took me a long time to figure out you can do this for fun," she said.

In no time, Reijnders was joining group rides...

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July 20  |  Herald staff
For more information on free group bike rides in Snohomish County, click on the calendar links for these groups:BIKES Club of Snohomish County, www.bikesclub.orgCascade Bicycle Club, www.cascade.orgA few upcoming examples:

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July 16  |  By Melissa Slager Herald writer
Floyd Ply rides a motorcycle. Every once in awhile, he hits a light that doesn’t know he’s there.“Even trying the turn lane does no good,” he wrote. “What are the rules about going through this light? When is it legal to go through the red?”There’s a relatively recent state law that answers Ply’s concern.

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July 15  |  Herald staff
Work is scheduled to start July 20 on a Tulalip Tribes project to improve the interchange of I-5 and 116th Street NE.From 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. weekdays, up to two lanes in each direction of I-5 at 116th will close and traffic will shift for a center work zone.

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July 14  |  By Melissa Slager Herald writer
It’s not just a hunch. There really is more spandex on the road.And I’m not just talking about the recent Group Health STP (Seattle to Portland) Bicycle Classic, in which my husband was one of 10,000 cyclists. (I drove a car. I was very comfortable.)Since 1999, bicycling has increased as a share of total trips by 44 percent, according to travel surveys kept by the Puget Sound Regional Council.

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July 13  |  By Melissa Slager Herald writer
Work on Lakeview Trail in Mountlake Terrace is underway.

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July 12  |  By Melissa Slager Herald writer
When it comes to restricted lanes on the interstate, don't mess with senior citizens, moms in minivans — or motorcyclists.

The Washington State Department of Transportation has been hearing from a lot of motorcyclists, including via Street Smarts, who are flabbergasted that they will need a special transponder in order to use the express toll lanes on I-405 this fall. Motorcycles are among those who can currently...

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July 10  |  Herald staff
Extra ferry sailings will be added on the Mukilteo-Clinton route to and from Whidbey Island to assist travelers while the Highway 20 Deception Pass bridges are closed for overnight paving.The additional trips are:Leaving Clinton at 9 p.m., 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 a.m.Leaving Mukilteo at 9:30 p.m., 2, 3 and 4 a.m.

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July 10  |  By Melissa Slager Herald writer
What would make you commute more by carpool, vanpool or transit?

A recent Puget Sound Regional Council travel study asked participants a string of hypotheticals, and it found that most people would be unwilling to change at all — though gas prices of $5 or more per gallon would be the most likely to...

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July 6  |  By Melissa Slager Herald writer
Your local pothole may soon be filled.

The summer road work season is under way in unincorporated Snohomish County areas with paving or chip sealing planned for a total of 107 miles of roadway.

By the end of October, Snohomish will see the most road miles treated with paving or chip sealing, at 14.86 miles, followed closely by Monroe at 14.34 miles. Eastmont will see the most roads get attention, at 24 locations.



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July 1  |  By Melissa Slager Herald writer
My expired child’s car seat is still sitting in our basement, waiting for some fate other than the landfill (and another layer of dust).The folks at Old Car Seat, New Life may have come up with an answer.

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June 29  |  By Melissa Slager Herald writer
Kristine Scoville of Everett asks: "I am concerned about the intersection of 132nd Street SE and Seattle Hill Road. At this intersection eastbound Highway 96 turns left from 132nd onto Seattle Hill Road. You are also able to make a legal U-turn to access the strip mall on the corner. But drivers who are turning right from Seattle Hill Road onto 132nd do not pay attention and yield to the people making U-turns. It slows down those turning left, especially at peak traffic times.

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June 28  |  By Melissa Slager Herald writer
Even more folks are expected to hit the road for the July Fourth weekend than last year, fueled by cheap gas, according to AAA. An estimated 41.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more, the most since 2007.

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June 25  |  By Melissa Slager Herald writer
You know them for the free coffee. But rest areas also are a good barometer of an improving economy.

Visits to safety rest areas increased statewide by 8.2 percent, to an estimated 22.5 million visits in 2014, according to a Washington State Department of Transportation report. The rest areas are heavily used by...

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June 23  |  By Melissa Slager Herald writer
It’s a man near a crosswalk, but all he ever does is tip his hat.Street Smarts reader Don Peterson has an issue with that brass statue outside the Everett Performing Arts Center on Wetmore Avenue. It’s awfully close to the mid-block crosswalk there.“From dusk on it looks like a pedestrian,” Peterson said.

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June 22  |  By Melissa Slager Herald writer
Not all park and ride lots allow carpools Security at the South Everett Freeway Station on I-5 at 112th Street have been cracking down lately on those looking to park and ride — in their own vehicles, that is.



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June 19  |  By Melissa Slager Herald writer
Coming home from east of the mountains on Highway 2 on a Sunday is never easy.Holiday weekends are even worse.Driving home on Memorial Day Monday this year — even with state efforts to adjust signal timing — had some drivers seriously pondering pulling their hair out.

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June 18  |  Herald staff
Theresa Groomer of Everett writes: “Would it be possible to repaint the turn lanes in the intersection after exiting from SR 526 and turning south on Evergreen Way? It’s a two-lane exit/turn onto southbound Evergreen Way, and vehicles cannot tell which lane to stay in when making the left turn.”

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June 17  |  By Melissa Slager Herald staff
The Puget Sound Regional Council is encouraging people to comment on five projects recommended to receive $3 million in funding from PSRC’s Rural Town Centers and Corridors Program, including a $350,000 project in Stanwood.The public comment period will run to July 23.The awards are given to projects in smaller towns that aim to make it easier to get around and give a boost to economic development.

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June 16  |  By Melissa Slager Herald writer
Jim Rowlan writes: “I’ve always thought that U-turns are only allowed where they are explicitly allowed and that a left-turn only sign meant just that. Over the past few weeks, I have been nearly hit at the intersection of 200th Street SW and 44th Avenue W...

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June 15  |  By Melissa Slager Herald Writer
If you want a big improvement to the commute from hell, you need a lot more than tolls — you need more pavement.Toll lane projects elsewhere in the country that saw the biggest improvement in the overall commute — not just for those in tolled lanes — added at least one lane of travel, and often more.That includes I-95 in Miami, a darling of the tolling world.

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June 12  |  By Melissa Slager Herald writer
When is it OK to turn right on red from an inside lane? Terri Snider raised a concern about the intersection of 172nd Street NE and 27th Avenue NE outside the Costco and Target complex at Tulalip. There are two lanes for right turns there.

"I live in Stanwood and head to northbound I-5 from that intersection, so am always turning right...

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June 11  |  Herald staff
The Washington State Department of Transportation seeks public comment on a draft “Community Engagement Plan,” which aims to outline ways to help increase consent on decisions, improve understanding, and improve public access to information and decision making.Comments will be accepted until June 22 at benniob@wsdot.wa.gov.

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June 8  |  By Melissa Slager Herald Writer
A rising toll lifts all chassis — at least for a little while.

One of the selling points of express toll lanes is that general purpose lanes also will benefit from a quicker commute.

Single drivers and others are enticed to pay a toll to go faster, which in turn frees up space in the "free" lanes. Maybe it's not 60 mph, but it's better.

"That is one of the great benefits of doing this kind of traffic management," said...

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June 7  |  Herald staff
Better traction coming to I-5 ramp A curvy Everett on-ramp prone to crashes in wet weather will get a new kind of surface treatment.

Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will close the ramp over an upcoming weekend (the work is weather dependent). A detour will be posted.

The process, high friction surface treatment, involves attaching a sand-like aggregate to the...

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June 7  |  Herald staff
It’s not every day a Washington State Ferry vessel squeezes through Seattle’s Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.At 7 a.m. June 8, the Chelan will return from topside and interior painting work at Lake Union Drydock Company. The ferry will transit through the locks with just a couple feet to spare.

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June 4  |  By Melissa Slager Herald writer
Bus rider Joe Kunzler wonders why Community Transit doesn’t have a route to the popular Future of Flight Aviation Center at Paine Field.

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June 3  |  By Melissa Slager Herald writer
This is a familiar problem at heavily used intersections.

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June 2  |  Herald staff
Phyllis Hawkins of Everett writes: The corner of 110th Street SE and 23rd Drive SE in south Everett could really use a crosswalk, even two. It is a “T” intersection, with stop signs. It is near an elementary school, and there are over a dozen new houses being built near the...

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