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Bridge over I-5 enters final phases

TULALIP — For a section of I-5 that sees 100,000 vehicles per day, the two-lane bridge at 116th Street NE joining Marysville and Tulalip just doesn't cut it any more.In January, construction crews are set to start work on the bridge deck for a new overpass.

Date: 11/26/2015 | Local News

Signal timing on 88th Street NE near I-5 remains sore spot

Larry Hawk of Marysville — and a whole pack of others — wonder if changes are coming to the signal timing along 88th Street NE near I-5: “When will the city of Marysville and the Washington State DOT get their people together and figure out how to time the light westbound on 88th to get more than...

Date: 11/23/2015 | Street Smarts

Bus riders get all the breaks

Man, we’ve given bus riders a sweet deal. They reduce the number of cars on the road and the amount of carbon dioxide in the air. In exchange they get a host of perks, including:

Date: 10/30/2015 | Web Monkey

Commutes get longer (again) in latest state traffic report

As measured by brake lights, the Great Recession is officially over.Congestion in the central Puget Sound region is up 19 percent over pre-recession levels, according to the 2015 Corridor Capacity...

Date: 10/27/2015 | Street Smarts

Buses add time-saving shortcuts for I-5 Seattle commute

Community Transit and Sound Transit buses this week start using two transit-only shortcuts to bypass heavy traffic on I-5.

Date: 10/22/2015 | Street Smarts

State plans new I-5 interchange near Smokey Point

To improve traffic in the Smokey Point area, Bill Klem earlier this year suggested: “Some possibilities for easing the traffic would be to put on/off ramps

Date: 10/21/2015 | Street Smarts

Heavy rainfall leaves a muddy mess in California

LOS ANGELES — A section of Southern California found itself waist-deep in mud as the weekend arrived, and a highway overtaken by flowing debris looked like a buried junkyard of hundreds of cars that would likely take days to dig up.The worst of the thunderstorms had...

Date: 10/18/2015 | Nation & World

'Extensive' cleanup under way after California storms

LOS ANGELES — Homeowners in northern Los Angeles County communities were spending their Saturday digging mud out of their houses as crews continued extensive work to clear tons of dirt that clogged roadways and buried hundreds of cars.

Date: 10/17/2015 | Nation & World

Mudslides cover I-5 in Southern California

LOS ANGELES — Emergency crews shoveled mud from a section of I-5 north of Los Angeles after flash flood debris blocked the important highway, stranded hundreds of vehicles, and forced some motorists to take refuge on top of their cars.

Date: 10/16/2015 | Nation & World

Collision closes I-5 north near Kent

KENT — State Department of Transportation officials say lanes on I-5 north have reopened at South 320th Street near Kent after a collision closed all lanes for a couple hours.

Date: 10/05/2015 | Northwest

Man dies after being struck by a car on I-5 near Chehalis

CHEHALIS — A man is dead after being struck by a car on Interstate 5 just south of Chehalis.

Date: 09/27/2015 | Northwest

China leader’s smooth ride was a nightmare for the rest of us

EVERETT — Traffic was miserable Tuesday, thanks to security for the visiting Chinese president. And it's going to be miserable again on Wednesday.But driving the wrong way on I-5 isn't going to help.One of the consequences of a visiting head of state...

Date: 09/22/2015 | Local News

Expect highway delays with China president’s visit

EVERETT — Commuters heading to Seattle and other points south of Everett should expect heavier-than-normal traffic along I-5 Tuesday morning.

Date: 09/21/2015 | Local News

Travel time signs coming to Vancouver-Portland

We travel south to the Portland area lot.

Date: 09/18/2015 | Street Smarts

Fleeing robbery suspect disrupts I-5 traffic near Lynnwood

LYNNWOOD — A shoplifting suspect ran across I-5 near Lynnwood on Wednesday morning, causing minor crashes, before being captured.

Date: 09/09/2015 | Sirens

Early morning closure of I-5 at 116th on Sept. 10

TULALIP — Early-morning drivers who use I-5 through the Tulalip-Marysville area should plan on a full closure of all northbound lanes on Thursday, Sept. 10.

Date: 09/08/2015 | Street Smarts

Department of Transportation to widen I-5 near JBLM

OLYMPIA — The Washington Department of Transportation is planning to add lanes to Interstate 5 near Joint Base Lewis-McChord to battle long-term traffic problems, but the six-year project is expected to make traffic congestion worse between Olympia and Tacoma in the near future.

Date: 08/31/2015 | Northwest

Mom cited for allegedly driving on I-5 while breast-feeding

EVERETT — A Mountlake Terrace woman was handed a traffic ticket Wednesday evening after allegedly breast-feeding her infant son while driving on I-5.Around 7 p.m., a 911 caller reported seeing a baby in the driver’s lap as she headed northbound on the freeway in Everett.

Date: 08/27/2015 | Local News

Man arrested for walking along I-5 and starting fires

RIDGEFIELD — A 57-year-old man was arrested Wednesday afternoon for reportedly walking along I-5 near Ridgefield and starting grass fires.

Date: 08/26/2015 | Northwest

I-5 bridge closures account for Boeing

The Washington State Department of Transportation has created a website with detailed closure information for the I-5 expansion...

Date: 08/17/2015 | Street Smarts

Night I-5 repair begins Monday from Everett to Marysville

EVERETT — Traffic on I-5 is about to become a royal pain in the asphalt.On Monday the state Department of Transportation will begin work on a nearly year-long project to replace the aging bridge...

Date: 08/05/2015 | Local News

Cable barriers to stay

DOT says there are no plans to change them after I-5 mess

Date: 07/21/2015 | Local News

Work to begin on new 116th bridge over I-5

Work is scheduled to start July 20 on a Tulalip Tribes project to improve the interchange of I-5 and 116th Street NE.

Date: 07/15/2015 | Street Smarts

Another I-5 brush fire snarls traffic in Marysville

Herald staffMARYSVILLE — A brush fire in Marysville caused an eight-mile backup Tuesday afternoon along I-5.Two northbound lanes were blocked at one point as firefighters from Marysville, Arlington, Getchell and Tulalip Bay battled the blaze.

Date: 07/14/2015 | Local News

Investigation continues into I-5 brush fires

EVERETT — A string of brush fires along I-5 on June 30 remains under investigation.The cause of the fires, more than eight of them, has not been determined, the Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office reported Friday.

Date: 07/10/2015 | Sirens

If you have any clues about I-5 arson, investigators want to know

MARYSVILLE — Investigators into Tuesday’s series of arsons along I-5 are looking for tips.The fires, set in stretches of dry grass in the early afternoon, snarled traffic and kept firefighters scrambling from Everett north past the Snohomish County line.

Date: 07/01/2015 | Local News

DUI charge possible after I-5 collision with parked patrol car

EVERETT — An Everett man could face a drunken driving charge after he reportedly crashed into a Washington State Patrol cruiser that was parked while the trooper provided traffic control Tuesday evening at the scene of a

Date: 07/01/2015 | Local News

Arson caused rash of fires

String of blazes stretched from Everett to Skagit County (gallery)

Date: 06/30/2015 | Local News

Speeding I-5 driver flees State Patrol on foot

MARYSVILLE — A police pursuit on I-5 turned into a manhunt in Marysville on Thursday afternoon.Police had spotted a southbound driver who was “speeding excessively” on I-5 north of Fourth Street, Washington State Patrol trooper Heather Axtman said.

Date: 06/25/2015 | Local News

3 hurt in I-5 crash released from hospital

LYNNWOOD — A Mountlake Terrace man and his two young daughters have been released from the hospital after a June 19 crash on I-5.

Date: 06/25/2015 | Sirens

More people are taking potty breaks at I-5 rest areas

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...

Date: 06/25/2015 | Street Smarts

Three hurt when car goes off I-5

LYNNWOOD — A man and two children were injured Friday night after a car drove off I-5 near Lynnwood.Their injuries aren't believed to be life-threatening, Washington State Patrol trooper Mark Francis said Sunday.The crash happened just before 7 p.m. The...

Date: 06/21/2015 | Sirens

How will we get around in 2035?

Those of us who've been around a bit can recall what the Snohomish County communities along the I-5 corridor looked like 15 to 35 years ago and how they've changed and grown since then. Our county...

Date: 06/17/2015 | Editorials

Woman cited for using mannequin as passenger in carpool lane

LYNNWOOD — The ruse deserved an A for effort and an F for ethics.When a trooper pulled over a car for speeding on southbound I-5 near Lynnwood on Friday morning, he noticed that a front-seat passenger wasn't breathing.The man didn't look well.

Date: 06/12/2015 | Local News

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...

Date: 06/07/2015 | Street Smarts

Public invited to sound off about Sound Transit’s bus, light rail plans

EVERETT — Anyone who loathes I-5 traffic — and we all do — has a few chances this month to talk to Sound Transit staff about long-term improvements.

Date: 06/06/2015 | Local News

Wood flies on I-5; Edmonds truck driver cited

EVERETT — A truck driver was cited with a misdemeanor Thursday morning for not securing a load of plywood.Long, thin pieces of wood flew out of the truck and struck at least two vehicles, said trooper Mark Francis with the Washington State Patrol. That happened about 8...

Date: 06/04/2015 | Sirens

Vehicles strike, kill bear and horse in separate incidents

STANWOOD — A bear and a horse were killed in two separate collisions Wednesday night in north Snohomish County.The bear was struck about 8:15 p.m. on northbound I-5, a few miles north of Stanwood, said trooper Mark Francis with the Washington State Patrol.

Date: 06/04/2015 | Sirens

Multiple injuries as airport shuttle bus crashes on I-5 in Oregon

WOODBURN, Ore. — The Oregon State Police says a commercial bus has crashed on I5 about 3 miles south of Woodburn, injuring several passengers.

Date: 05/31/2015 | Northwest

I-5 paint cleanup is Sunday; other closures planned

The Washington State Department of Transportation has ramp and lane closures scheduled in coming days.

Date: 05/29/2015 | Local News

Major highway east of Cascades sees uptick in truck traffic

BEND, Ore. — Trucks used for hauling freight are increasingly moving up and down U.S. Highway 97, according to average daily volumes monitored by the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Date: 05/29/2015 | Northwest

More 'Double Tall' buses coming to Community Transit routes

Community Transit is nearly doubling its fleet of double-decker buses in one $22.2 million swoop. The high-capacity buses could be in service by the end of summer, in time for the heavy fall commuting season.Community Transit has one new "

Date: 05/28/2015 | Street Smarts

No early merge for U.S. 2 onto I-5 at Marine View

You could make a basket there’s so much weaving.The place on I-5 where both the westbound U.S. 2 and Everett Avenue on-ramp converge shortly before the exit to Marine View Drive is a source of frustration for drivers like John Cloakey of Lake Stevens.

Date: 05/28/2015 | Street Smarts

Park-and-ride ramps to remain HOV-only

Retired bus driver Pamela Compton of Everett wonders why the on- and off-ramps from I-5 to the South Everett Freeway Station Park and Ride are for carpools only. She feels it would make more sense if all vehicles that are taking the ramp in order to use the Park and Ride lot —...

Date: 05/27/2015 | Street Smarts

Short-term fixes could get buses moving faster

Commuters who stand in the aisle of a Community Transit bus for as long as 80 minutes to get to their jobs in Seattle are proof enough that buses are not immune to the region's traffic woes.Travel times in the high-occupancy vehicle lanes on I-5 between Everett and Seattle...

Date: 05/18/2015 | Street Smarts

Seattle man struck, killed on I-5 in Everett

EVERETT— A Seattle man, 55, was struck and killed while he was standing in a lane of traffic on I-5 early Sunday.

Date: 05/10/2015 | Local News

Will crosswalk project make 164th traffic even worse?

We recently told you about state plans to improve a pedestrian crossing on

Date: 05/06/2015 | Street Smarts

Bridge work on I-5 will require weekend closures

Summer construction season is coming, and there are some updates on one of the key projects coming to Snohomish County.Washington...

Date: 04/26/2015 | Street Smarts


13 million honeybees spilled on I-5 in Lynnwood

Date: 04/17/2015 | Local News

Safer crosswalk coming to 164th at I-5

Changes are coming to a pedestrian crossing on busy 164th Street at I-5 in Lynnwood.The Washington State Department of Transportation plans to enlarge a traffic island there, reducing the number of lanes that feed the I-5 on-ramp from two to one.

Date: 04/10/2015 | Street Smarts

Chase, standoff in Edmonds ends with arrest

EDMONDS — A suspected car thief was arrested Thursday after a standoff and lengthy search that spanned south Snohomish County.The man was taken into custody just before 2:30 p.m. along 224th Street SW, according to police.Edmonds officers first spotted the...

Date: 04/09/2015 | Local News

Fatal crash on I-5 near Tukwila snarls traffic

SEATTLE — The Washington State Patrol says one man was fatally injured in a collision between a car and a commercial truck on southbound I-5 near Tukwila.The Seattle Times reported that the State Patrol said several people performed CPR on the man at the crash scene late Monday afternoon. He was...

Date: 03/31/2015 | Northwest

Why one pavement fix on I-5 purrs while another roars

My colleague Bill Pedigo commutes on I-5 from Stanwood to Everett and was curious about differences in two middle lanes that were re-paved with different results.The northbound section is from the Smokey Point rest area to the Island Crossing exit. The southbound section...

Date: 03/31/2015 | Street Smarts

Attempted U-turn on I-5 ends badly

SEATTLE — The state patrol says that a woman who tried to make a U-turn on I-5 caused a five-vehicle crash near Boeing Field.

Date: 03/26/2015 | Northwest

Overturned fish truck snarls traffic in Seattle

SEATTLE — Authorities say a large commercial truck filled with a load of fish overturned Tuesday afternoon, blocking a section of the southbound lanes of Highway 99 in south Seattle and starting a domino effect of gridlock that stalled rush-hour traffic for hours.

Date: 03/24/2015 | Northwest

Cardboard ‘Most Interesting Man’ fails as carpool-lane ruse

FIFE — A Washington State Patrol trooper says it’s by far the best carpool scam he’s seen, but it didn’t work.As KOMO-TV put it, “Troopers don’t always stop people in the HOV lanes, but when they do, they prefer ‘dos’ passengers.”

Date: 03/24/2015 | Northwest

Take fender-benders off I-5, and other tips from troopers

How bad is congestion? It’s so bad, even the Washington State Patrol is taking up the issue — complete with its catch-phrases and acronyms that stretch the limits of the English language.

Date: 03/20/2015 | Street Smarts

New 116th Street overpass coming to Tulalip-Marysville

“A traffic nightmare.” That’s how Greg Miner of Tulalip — and many of his fellow commuters — describe the traffic on 116th Street at I-5.

Date: 03/02/2015 | Street Smarts

Switch to Southcenter travel time aims to help commute

Street Smarts reader Kathy Moon notes there’s been a change to the reader board at the I-5 and I-405 interchange, which now gives the estimated travel time to Southcenter instead of Seattle. “Do you know why the change was made?”

Date: 02/26/2015 | Street Smarts

Traffic congestion up 84%

Is traffic really as bad as it seems?Yes, and now there are more numbers to back it up.The Puget Sound Regional Council, a shepherd of funding for many local transportation projects,...

Date: 02/19/2015 | Street Smarts

$5 million pledge adds urgency to project

The clock is ticking. Six years might seem like plenty of time, but when you're dealing with the Legislature and government agencies, time — and a $5 million offer of transportation funding — can easily flit by.Where the

Date: 02/10/2015 | Editorials

New I-5 interchange planned for Marysville

MARYSVILLE — An ambitious project to build a new freeway interchange at the south end of Marysville got a boost recently from a little-known government agency.The state

Date: 02/08/2015 | Local News

Hours-long I-5 shutdown due to suicidal man on Vancouver overpass

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Authorities say a suicidal man on an I-5 overpass in Vancouver, Washington, prompted them to shut down the freeway for several hours Friday night, backing up traffic for miles.

Date: 02/06/2015 | Northwest

Wrong-way driver arrested after police chase on I-5

EVERETT — A felon in a SUV that had been reported stolen was arrested early Wednesday morning for repeatedly attempting to elude police by driving the wrong direction on I-5 at speeds reaching 100 mph south of Everett.

Date: 02/04/2015 | Local News

Man dies in fall onto freeway ramp in Seattle

SEATTLE — Police think the fall that killed a man on a freeway ramp in Seattle was an accident.

Date: 01/27/2015 | Northwest

I-5 work will add to Everett traffic woes in summer

EVERETT — The 102-year-old Broadway Bridge is expected to be closed next month for a year-long replacement project. The city of Everett already has marked out a detour route to try and keep the traffic...

Date: 01/23/2015 | Local News

3 arrested, 1 cited after road rage case in Everett

EVERETT — What began with a minivan passing a Ford pickup truck on an I-5 shoulder in Everett on Wednesday morning led to punches and then arrests.A Washington State Patrol trooper described it as a case of road rage.

Date: 01/09/2015 | Local News

2 face charges in 2012 rock-tossing incident

EUGENE, Ore. — Two Southern Oregon men face assault and other charges in a 2-year-old case in which a rock tossed from a freeway overpass shattered the windshield of a car and seriously injured a University of Oregon distance runner.

Date: 01/02/2015 | Northwest

Governor's transportation budget gives Snohomish County short shrift

Looking at the various projects outlined by Gov. Jay Inslee earlier this month in his proposed transportation budget, you can understand why officials in Snohomish County are holding the box upside-down and thumping on the bottom in disbelief to see if anything more might fall out.

Date: 12/26/2014 | Editorials

Still no answers in Corvette crash that killed young woman

Questions over the death of Jourdan Bradley, 24, have left “a heavy weight” on her family's hearts, said her mother, Marti Bradley. The family and Washington State Patrol detectives again are urging people to come forward with information. Bradley died Oct. 10 when she lost control of...

Date: 12/22/2014 | Local News

Remembering Jerry

EvCC groundskeeper Gerald Olmstead was always happy

Date: 12/18/2014 | Local News

Driver badly hurt when speeding van hits barrier near I-5

LYNNWOOD — An Auburn woman suffered serious injuries early Wednesday morning when her van slammed into a concrete barrier while traveling at an estimated 100 mph along I-5, the Washington State Patrol reported.The woman, 59, was taken by ambulance to Harborview Medical...

Date: 12/17/2014 | Local News

Governor proposes $12 billion transportation plan

MEDINA — Overlooking the Highway 520 floating bridge project, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday unveiled a proposal he said would address the state's most pressing transportation needs — fixing bridges and roads and boosting the ferry system while cleaning the air and...

Date: 12/16/2014 | Local News

The Worst Parking Lot in Snohomish County is...

The results are in, and the Worst Parking Lot in Snohomish County dishonors go to the Trader Joe's complex on Everett Mall Way.It wasn't even...

Date: 12/08/2014 | Street Smarts

Firefighter hit by vehicle says freeway work scary

TUKWILA — A Seattle-area firefighter hit by a vehicle on I-5 after he responded to a crash says he recalls tremendous pain. Greg Hansen also says he’d rather run into a burning building that go to a call on a freeway because drivers speed past and don’t move over.

Date: 12/04/2014 | Northwest

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