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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
CHEHALIS — A man is dead after being struck by a car on Interstate 5 just south of Chehalis.
Date: 09/27/2015 | Northwest
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
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
We travel south to the Portland area lot.
Date: 09/18/2015 | Street Smarts
LYNNWOOD — A shoplifting suspect ran across I-5 near Lynnwood on Wednesday morning, causing minor crashes, before being captured.
Date: 09/09/2015 | Sirens
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
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
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
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
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
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
DOT says there are no plans to change them after I-5 mess
Date: 07/21/2015 | Local News
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
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
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
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
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
String of blazes stretched from Everett to Skagit County (gallery)
Date: 06/30/2015 | Local News
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The Washington State Department of Transportation has ramp and lane closures scheduled in coming days.
Date: 05/29/2015 | Local News
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
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
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
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
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
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
We recently told you about state plans to improve a pedestrian crossing on
Date: 05/06/2015 | Street Smarts
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
SEATTLE — Police think the fall that killed a man on a freeway ramp in Seattle was an accident.
Date: 01/27/2015 | Northwest
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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