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GOP lawmakers fire state transportation secretary

OLYMPIA — Republican senators delivered a stunning political blow to Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday by voting to fire Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson.

Date: 02/05/2016 | Local News

Brace yourself for 8 weekends of Everett-Marysville I-5 work

MARYSVILLE — A weekend drive could soon feel like a weekday commute if you’re traveling I-5 between Everett and Marysville.

Date: 02/02/2016 | Local News

Hwy. 99 lanes to close starting Monday north of downtown Seattle

SEATTLE — State transportation officials are telling commuters to prepare for upcoming lane closures on State Route 99 north of downtown Seattle.

Date: 01/16/2016 | Northwest

Lawmakers face a long list for a short session

Here's how we know the Legislature will wrap up its session, which started Monday, in the scheduled 60 days: Lawmakers, like other state officials, are barred by state law from campaign fundraising for the 30 days prior and 30 days following the legislative session. Have we mentioned...

Date: 01/12/2016 | Editorials

Washington officials plan weekend bridge work around Seattle

SEATTLE — Washington transportation officials want drivers to be aware of some weekend bridge work in the Seattle area.For the next two weekends, drivers heading west over Lake Washington will find all lanes of I-90 rerouted to the express lanes.

Date: 01/09/2016 | Northwest

A few overnight I-5 closures coming up next week

Commuters on I-5 should expect some overnight lane closures in the coming week.

Date: 01/09/2016 | Local News

What the Legislature got done in 2015

Having noted Congress' accomplishments for 2015 yesterday, we'll continue in the same vein for the Washington Legislature, but we're also making mention of where those...

Date: 12/31/2015 | Editorials

Holiday headache eases

'Ring road' alleviates traffic around Alderwood mall

Date: 12/29/2015 | Local News

Gas tax is running on empty

Along with the five-year federal transportation budget passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama last week comes a good deal of hopeful thinking.Rather than do the heavy lifting in front of voters to increase the federal portion of the gas tax, which has held...

Date: 12/08/2015 | Editorials

Where the state ranks on education, roads, jobs

Recently Chinese President Xi Jinping visited our region, meeting with business, civic and political leaders from Everett to Seattle, Bellevue and Tacoma. Years ago, this might have been a statement that our region had come of age, taking a prominent role on the world stage. This visit,...

Date: 12/06/2015 | Commentary

Storm damaged many national forest trails and roads

Last week's storm with heavy rain, strong wind and snow caused widespread damage to roads and trails throughout Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, rangers say.U.S. 2 is closed at Skykomish due to erosion under a bridge. That blocks access to some trails, including...

Date: 11/20/2015 | Explore NW

Mann Road to close for Burlington Northern crossing repairs

The Snohomish County Department of Public Works advises drivers in the Sultan area that Mann Road (311th Street SE) is scheduled to be fully closed south...

Date: 11/16/2015 | Street Smarts

Lynnwood’s broken water pipe will need $750,000 in repairs

LYNNWOOD — A Lynnwood street was busted open by a broken water main last week, and long-term repairs will cost up to $750,000.The road, 212th Street SW, was patched up and re-opened to traffic.

Date: 11/10/2015 | Local News

Vote for a better Washington

Regardless of the outsized attention that the presidential election draws, your vote matters as much if not more in local and state elections, this year determining who represents you on city councils, school boards, fire districts and more and next year as you elect legislators and...

Date: 11/03/2015 | Editorials

Bickford Avenue ramp onto U.S. 2 closed nights

SNOHOMISH — The two-year-old Bickford Avenue ramp onto westbound U.S. 2 will be closed at night for up to two weeks while Washington State Department of Transportation crews do work aimed at stabilizing the slope. Nightly closures start Monday, Oct. 12. Crews will lay compost and plant vegetation.

Date: 10/10/2015 | Street Smarts

Road near Lake Serene to close for two days

LYNNWOOD — A stretch of Shelby Road by Lake Serene will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday for utilities work.

Date: 10/08/2015 | Street Smarts

AuBuchon, Roberts for council

Lynnwood, like other cities in Snohomish County, can be thankful as the economy in the state and the county continues its rebound, but the resumption in growth brings challenges as the city of nearly 37,000 residents, which can double throughout the day thanks to commuters and shoppers,...

Date: 10/06/2015 | Editorials

Could Flex Pass limit gas tax?

With only a couple of days under our seat belts for the new High-Occupancy Toll lanes on I-405, it may be a little soon to judge the lanes' effects on traffic.The reviews from drivers on Monday were mixed,

Date: 09/30/2015 | Editorials

Elgin Way closed until Sept. 29

Now that WSDOT has finished its attempts at smoothing out the 128th Street roller coaster past McCollum Park, Snohomish County is moving ahead with its improvements to

Date: 09/14/2015 | Street Smarts

Roller-coaster road near McCollum Park no joy ride

There is the Wacky Worm at the Evergreen State Fair, and there is 128th Street near McCollum Park.Both are roller coaster rides.

Date: 09/14/2015 | Street Smarts

Make way for walkers and cyclists

Here's how great our concern for the condition of our roads, bridges and the other parts of our transportation infrastructure has grown in recent years: At least at the state level, Republicans were the ones to step forward with a gas tax increase to fund a $16 billion transportation...

Date: 09/13/2015 | Editorials

County tests new paving treatment

EVERETT — Snohomish County is taking the lead on a new approach to paving that could result in cheaper, faster and better upgrades to local roadways.

Date: 09/08/2015 | Street Smarts

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

First court-mandated culvert replacement project takes shape on Highway 9

MOUNT VERNON — A bridge is taking shape where Highway 9 crosses Lake Creek as work progresses on Washington’s first court-mandated culvert replacement project.The Skagit Valley Herald reported that Department of Transportation crews started pouring the concrete deck for the bridge last week.

Date: 09/06/2015 | Northwest

Detour alert: Full road closures in Snohomish County

There are several full road closures scheduled in Snohomish County:

Date: 08/31/2015 | Street Smarts

Enough with the shutdown games

About the time kids start returning to school following the Labor Day holiday Sept. 7, the nation's senators and representatives will return to Washington, D.C., as Congress reconvenes after a recess of more than a month.It has a significant list of items to accomplish, many...

Date: 08/27/2015 | Editorials

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

Highway to be closed for culvert work in Sky Valley

MALTBY – Drivers who use Highway 524 (Maltby Road) should plan for full closures and detours this weekend as Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews replace a culvert under the highway.This is a maintenance project and not related to

Date: 08/13/2015 | Local News

More night work on U.S. 2 in Snohomish area

More nighttime paving and crack-sealing work is scheduled for U.S. 2 between the Pilchuck River Bridge and Roosevelt Road in the Snohomish area.

Date: 08/13/2015 | Local News

DOT repairing stretch of Highway 101

FLORENCE, Ore. — A 17-mile stretch of Highway 101 north of Florence is in such bad shape the state plans to undertake a major rebuild that will cost nearly $10 million.

Date: 08/07/2015 | Northwest

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

Cities pleased with outcomes

It took 176 days, with two special sessions, including a few extra days tacked on at the end. And with so much riding on a number of outcomes, it was often frustrating to watch as deals were made, dashed and made...

Date: 07/23/2015 | Editorials

Westbound U.S. 2 trestle to close at night for repairs this week

EVERETT — Drivers won't be able to use the U.S. 2 trestle to get from Lake Stevens or Snohomish to Everett during evening and nighttime hours this week.The state Department of Transportation is planning to close the westbound trestle from 6 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Monday...

Date: 07/12/2015 | Local News

State’s economy depends on federal transportation bill

In Northwest Washington, we rely on the usual ways to get ourselves to work, school and recreation: driving our cars on roads, bridges and highways. But we also rely on many other transportation modes. Our ferry system is the largest in the country. And we go motor-free on our legs and...

Date: 06/30/2015 | Commentary

A united call to pass transportation budget

An open letter to Gov. Jay Inslee, Sens. Mark Schoesler, Sharon Nelson and Curtios King; House Speaker Frank Chopp and Reps. Judy Clibborn and Dan Kristiansen; and all members of the Washington state Legislature:We are writing in a united, bipartisan spirit as leaders,...

Date: 06/25/2015 | Commentary

State, Bremerton come to agreement over bulging sewer pipes

BREMERTON — After years of legal wrangling, the city of Bremerton and the state Department of Transportation have reached agreement over sagging sewer lines under the Manette Bridge.

Date: 06/09/2015 | Northwest

Another plea for compromise

The news last week that the state could expect about $415 million more in revenue than was initially projected should have brought the Legislature, divided over the next two year budget, closer to a deal.While it may have closed some of the $1 billion gap between what House...

Date: 05/27/2015 | Editorials

Federal gas tax increase is long overdue

The image of Congress kicking the can down the road again comes to mind, except this time lawmakers are running out of good road.Earlier this week the U.S. House of Representatives passed a two-month extension of the federal Highway Trust Fund. With the trust fund set to...

Date: 05/22/2015 | Editorials

Mountain Loop Highway reopens after small rockslide

GRANITE FALLS — The Mountain Loop Highway between Darrington and Granite Falls has reopened to traffic.

Date: 05/21/2015 | Local News

Hey Legislature, how ya' doin'?

Dear Legislature:It's been a couple of weeks since you went into your special session, and, well, you're halfway through and we haven't heard much. Just wondering: How's it going?Don't misunderstand us; we know there's a lot to resolve and you've got that...

Date: 05/14/2015 | Editorials

Sinkhole shuts off road to Everett Animal Shelter, riverfront

EVERETT — A sinkhole has shut down access to the Everett Animal Shelter and some public riverfront areas of the city.The sinkhole caused a three-foot culvert to fail underneath Smith Island Road near 12thStreet NE, public works spokeswoman Marla Carter said.

Date: 05/12/2015 | Local News

Start negotiations with transportation

And so it goes.Democrats in the state House and Republicans in the Senate encountered their latest impasse Wednesday when neither could agree to a starting point for budget negotiations.Republicans, who have proposed operating and capital budgets that impose no...

Date: 04/17/2015 | Editorials

Budget negotiations hit snag in state Legislature

OLYMPIA — With less than two weeks left in the legislative session, budget negotiations between House Democrats and Senate Republicans hit a snag Wednesday.

Date: 04/16/2015 | Northwest

Carbon proposals threaten state transportation budget

Improving Washington's infrastructure and transportation system is a top priority for state legislators on both sides of the aisle. This is good news for people who work in the manufacturing and transportation industries and lends an opportunity to create jobs in the state. The one...

Date: 04/12/2015 | Commentary

Our way out of this jam

Viewpoints: County's mayors on transportation needs

Date: 04/12/2015 | Commentary

'It's all rotten'

County repairs bridge to tiny community near Darrington

Date: 04/09/2015 | Local News

Road to Spada Lake recreation sites is open again

After a closure for roadwork, the south shore road at Spada Lake is open again, according to the Snohomish County PUD.

Date: 03/31/2015 | Explore NW

North Cascades Highway could open by April 2

If everything goes smoothly, the North Cascades Highway could be open by April 2.

Date: 03/27/2015 | Explore NW

Lynnwood road is sinking an inch per year

If the roadway seems like it's sinking, it's not your imagination. The intersection of Ash Way and Maple Road in Lynnwood has settled more than 19 inches since that portion of Maple Road was built in 1983. It now is sinking an average of about an inch a year, records show.

Date: 03/26/2015 | Local News

Sultan Basin Road to Spada Lake repaired, reopened

SULTAN — Sultan Basin Road, which provides access to Spada Lake, is open again after two areas were damaged in early January, Snohomish County officials say.Flooding near the Olney Creek Bridge...

Date: 03/25/2015 | Explore NW

Cities see reason for optimism in session

With more than half the legislative session completed and some deadlines approaching before the scheduled April 26 end of session, now seems like a good time for a progress report from the perspective of the Snohomish County Cities.Snohomish County Cities, which brings...

Date: 03/17/2015 | Editorials

Aurora Avenue sign installation project postponed

SEATTLE — The Washington state Transportation Department says it will postpone a sign installation project on Seattle’s Aurora Avenue North that was expected to take as long as three months and cause delays for as many as 25,000 transit riders — and the cars behind them.

Date: 03/10/2015 | Northwest

Work ahead yet for legislators

Nobody said the road to compromise was going to be straight and smooth.The state Senate on Monday indeed passed a $15 billion transportation...

Date: 03/04/2015 | Editorials

State roads spending jumped in last decade and more is on the table

SPOKANE — Washington state saw the largest percentage increase of total highway spending in the nation in recent years, but lawmakers are still considering a $15 billion tax increase plan for road improvement projects.Total highway spending in Washington rose 183.6...

Date: 02/23/2015 | Northwest

Everett drivers will pay an additional $20 for car tabs

EVERETT — People living within city limits soon will start paying an additional $20 fee when they get their new car tabs.The fee will start showing up on renewal notices in March, city...

Date: 02/18/2015 | Local News

Roads paved by compromise

It still faces committee hearings and votes in the state Senate and House, but a transportation package announced Thursday by a bipartisan group of...

Date: 02/15/2015 | Editorials

Ban destructive studded tires

Every year, sure as the snow falls, some sensible soul in Olympia will introduce a bill to ban the use of studded tires, those perennial wheels of destruction. And every year, as if suffering from agoraphobia, the common-sense bill goes nowhere.Apparently years of spinning...

Date: 02/09/2015 | Editorials

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