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I-405 toll lanes will be free on nights, weekends and holidays

OLYMPIA — Drivers will be able to use the I-405 express toll lanes for free on nights, weekends and holidays, the state Department of Transportation confirmed Wednesday.Exactly when isn't settled as agency leaders must consult with federal authorities and the state...

Date: 02/04/2016 | Local News

I-405 toll lane made trip east a breeze

For months I steered clear. I didn’t need to make the Lynnwood-to-Bellevue drive when I-405 express toll lanes first opened in September.

Date: 02/03/2016 | Julie Muhlstein

It's all about access

Open house to cover plans to fix traffic woes in Edmonds

Date: 01/26/2016 | Local News

President Obama endures snow slowdown in D.C.

WASHINGTON — Travel has its privileges when you're the most powerful person in the free world: No lines, no delays, no traffic. Except when you try to drive in a Washington-area snow event.For President Barack Obama, the perks of the presidency were no match for Mother...

Date: 01/22/2016 | Nation & World

Drivers tell lawmakers of their frustrations, satisfaction with I-405

OLYMPIA — Drivers frustrated by experiences with the express toll lanes on I-405 between Lynnwood and Bellevue urged lawmakers Thursday to make them work better or get rid of them."This is a disgusting, appalling use of taxpayer dollars," Mike Arntzen, of...

Date: 01/15/2016 | Local News

Holiday headache eases

'Ring road' alleviates traffic around Alderwood mall

Date: 12/29/2015 | Local News

U.S. 2 over Stevens is open; I-90 eastbound to open at 7 p.m. Thursday

SKYKOMISH — Heavy snowfall made for a long Christmas Eve wait on one popular mountain pass while closing another one for the entire day.U.S. 2 over Stevens Pass reopened around 1 p.m. It had been closed for hours in both directions for avalanche control. Chains were...

Date: 12/24/2015 | Local News

As Tulalip overpass nears completion, a plea for more funding

TULALIP — On Dec. 18, with rain pouring down, a group of political leaders and government workers gathered in the offices of Quil Ceda Village.

Date: 12/22/2015 | Local News

New Broadway Bridge opens

Thanks to cooperative weather, work done months early

Date: 12/08/2015 | Local News

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

Heading out? Travel tips for the Thanksgiving holiday

Planes, trains and automobiles — and ferries, too. Some travel tips for the Thanksgiving holiday.Automobile

Date: 11/24/2015 | Street Smarts

Some changes, more waiting for new I-405 bottleneck

The state is making some changes to the troublesome north end of its I-405 tolling project. But it's waiting on any big changes, meaning drivers...

Date: 11/23/2015 | Street Smarts

Edmonds traffic advisory group wants to hear from the public

EDMONDS — For years, visitors and residents alike have complained about the convergence of train, ferry and car traffic that causes backups and sometimes significant delays in getting to the city’s waterfront.

Date: 11/17/2015 | Local News

Cop stops Google self-driving car for going too slow

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — A car built by Google that drives itself around city streets had a brush with the law for driving too slowly.

Date: 11/13/2015 | Business Wire

A roadmap for better transit

Sitting in traffic must have some persuasive effect.Even in an election year when Tim Eyman's latest tax-limiting initiative garnered nearly 56 percent approval in Snohomish County, about 51 percent of voters served by Community Transit approved a .3 percent sales tax...

Date: 11/12/2015 | Editorials

How to have your say in the future of public transportation

Planes, trains and — well, not very many automobiles.The state is working on a long-term plan for public transportation and wants your input.

Date: 11/09/2015 | Street Smarts

Affordable homes require planning, good transportation

The question of how to create more affordable housing has been a hotly debated topic this year, especially in the city of Seattle with the release last summer of the Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee's recommendations.This is a critical discussion and I...

Date: 11/08/2015 | Commentary

Woman sustains serious injuries jumping onto I-5 in Tacoma

TACOMA — A 22-year-old woman has been taken to a hospital after jumping off an overpass and landing on the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 in Tacoma.

Date: 11/07/2015 | Northwest

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

Vote to expand bus service for your health, that of others

When we think of public transportation, we often think of the positive impact it has on easing congestion, supporting the local economy and providing an environmentally responsible alternative to driving alone.But how many of us think about the role public transit plays in...

Date: 10/31/2015 | Commentary

Mill Creek neighbors oppose townhouse development

MILL CREEK — Neighbors here are fighting a proposed housing development set to be built just south of the city limits.Kirkland-based Westcott Homes wants to build 149 townhouses on...

Date: 10/30/2015 | Local News

Creepy Halloween doll in Tacoma doesn’t fool trooper

TACOMA — Washington state troopers have seen drivers use all kinds of tricks to get access to carpool lanes.During Tuesday’s morning commute, a trooper pulled over a man who tried to use a creepy Halloween doll to gain access to the HOV lane of Interstate 5 in Tacoma.

Date: 10/27/2015 | Northwest

Weekend of road repair, construction around Seattle area

SEATTLE — Transportation officials are taking advantage of a weekend without home football games to schedule a lot of road closures around Seattle this weekend.

Date: 10/24/2015 | Northwest

Lawmakers share complaints about I-405 tolling

OLYMPIA – When state Rep. Luis Moscoso travels south on I-405 in the new toll lanes, it’s been smooth-sailing and congestion-free.But it’s getting into the lanes that’s been the problem, the Mountlake Terrace Democrat told a top state transportation official Thursday.

Date: 10/23/2015 | Local News

Support expansion of Community Transit service

During the eight years I have served in the Washington state Senate, I have been on the Senate Transportation Committee, serving as co-chairman or chairman during the last four. I have traveled all around our state meeting with city and county officials and numerous agencies. I've...

Date: 10/17/2015 | Commentary

How-to deal with collisions in the I-405 toll lanes

The number of collisions in the first week of tolling on I-405 between Lynnwood and Bellevue was significantly higher than the same time last year.

Date: 10/10/2015 | Street Smarts

Brief visit by Obama expected to snarl Seattle traffic

EVERETT — If traffic on I-5 heading toward Seattle seems bad Friday afternoon, it may be because President Barack Obama is in town.Or it could be just because it’s Friday afternoon.

Date: 10/09/2015 | Local News

State to wait and see on I-405 toll lanes at difficult merge (updated)

(Updated since original post on Thursday, Oct. 8.)

Date: 10/08/2015 | Street Smarts

Edmonds hires firm to tackle downtown traffic snarl

EDMONDS — The downtown traffic snarls caused by the convergence of ferries, trains and automobiles have plagued the city for decades. Now Tetra Tech, a Seattle consulting firm, has been given the challenge of finding a solution.

Date: 10/08/2015 | Local News

A mostly smooth transition to express-lane tolling on I-405

The first full week of tolling is under the seat belt.Overall, express toll lane drivers saved from 15 to 25 minutes on the Lynnwood-to-Bellevue commute for average toll rates of $1 to $1.50. At the same time, travel times in the general purpose lanes the whole length stayed...

Date: 10/06/2015 | Street Smarts

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

Marysville installing traffic circles in some neighborhoods

MARYSVILLE — Five neighborhoods that have been victim to speeding cut-through drivers will have traffic circles installed by the end of the year.The circles are officially called "neighborhood...

Date: 09/29/2015 | Local News

First weekday of I-405 tolls: Great in toll lanes, a nightmare elsewhere

Local drivers chalked up both their best and worst commutes ever on I-405 on Monday, the first weekday of tolling.“Today was amazing for the carpoolers and terrible for the normals,” said Ryan Bowering of Lynnwood.

Date: 09/28/2015 | Street Smarts

I-405 tolls are here

What you need to know to drive the express lanes

Date: 09/27/2015 | Local News

I-405 express-lanes tolling Q&A

What are we talking about again?The I-405 express toll lanes are set to open today, replacing the carpool lane from the junction with I-5 in Lynnwood to NE Sixth Street in Bellevue, a distance of about 17 miles. South of Highway 522, the state also added an...

Date: 09/27/2015 | Local News

Sound Transit Board approves reserved parking program around Seattle

SEATTLE — The Sound Transit Board has approved a program to offer reserved parking permits to frequent riders at its busiest park-and-ride lots around Seattle.

Date: 09/26/2015 | Northwest

Will toll lanes help traffic? We're not buying it

Starting Sunday, there will be two ways to ensure smooth passage down the freeway between Lynnwood and Bellevue: 1) become president of China; or 2) take the shiny new toll lanes.

Date: 09/25/2015 | Web Monkey

Jobs, diplomacy and waiting in traffic

Just in case it doesn't get said in the next couple of days during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Everett, Seattle, Redmond and Tacoma: Thank you for your patience and for being good hosts.And special thanks to those who had to wait in traffic during the visit.

Date: 09/23/2015 | Editorials

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

Expect traffic woes for Chinese president’s visit to Seattle

SEATTLE — Seattle is planning for some traffic headaches during this week’s visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Date: 09/20/2015 | Northwest

Toll-lane cheating, explained

A commentary by Washington State Patrol Trooper Jeff Merrill that was published in Friday's Herald claimed enforcement of the new toll lanes on I-405 is doomed before it...

Date: 09/20/2015 | Street Smarts

Tolls on I-405 won't address state's deep budget problems

An open letter to The Washington state Legislature and the people of Washington:On Jan. 5, 2012, The Washington state Supreme Court ruled that state Legislature had not met its constitutional duty to amply fund state basic education. On Aug. 13, 2015, The state Supreme Court...

Date: 09/19/2015 | Commentary

Problems ahead for I-405 HOV/toll lanes

On Sept. 27, the state Department of Transportation will begin the implementation of the new I-405 tolling.

Date: 09/18/2015 | Commentary

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

Broadway-California intersection closed for bridge replacement work

EVERETT — City work crews will close the intersection of Broadway and California Avenue starting Monday as part of its ongoing Broadway Bridge replacement project.

Date: 08/20/2015 | Local News

Advisory group takes on Edmonds traffic

EDMONDS — The intersection of a state highway, a railroad and a ferry terminal in the city’s waterfront area has created traffic jams for decades.

Date: 08/01/2015 | Local News

Seattle’s I-90 bridge to close during Blue Angel practices and shows

SEATTLE — The return of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels to the Seafair Air Show means the Interstate 90 floating bridge will be closed at times later this week.KING-TV reported that state transportation officials will close the bridge between Mercer Island and Interstate 5 for practices and shows.

Date: 07/27/2015 | Northwest

23-car pileup after shooting closes I-5 near Mount Vernon, 6 injured

A dump truck carrying gravel crossed the median of I-5 in Mount Vernon on Saturday, injuring at least six people when it plowed into oncoming traffic that was stopped while police investigated an earlier shooting, authorities said.

Date: 07/18/2015 | Northwest

Google self-driving car involved in injury accident

LOS ANGELES — Google Inc. revealed Thursday that one of its self-driving car prototypes was involved in an injury accident for the first time.

Date: 07/16/2015 | Nation & World

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

$800K from state will save popular Edmonds fishing pier

EDMONDS — The Edmonds fishing pier, one of city’s best known landmarks, draws thousands of visitors a year.

Date: 07/13/2015 | Local News

$675K to study train, boat, car bottleneck at Edmonds

EDMONDS — A solution to the traffic bottleneck caused by the intersection of a state highway, a railroad crossing and the boarding lanes for the Edmonds-Kingston ferry has moved one step closer.

Date: 07/03/2015 | Local News

Arson caused rash of fires

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

Date: 06/30/2015 | 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

Travel tips for July Fourth weekend

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...

Date: 06/28/2015 | Street Smarts

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

Weekend Seattle traffic expected to be worse than usual

SEATTLE — Road repair and partial highway closures are expected to make this weekend’s traffic in Seattle worse than usual.

Date: 06/06/2015 | Northwest

No more freebies

Non-Mukilteo residents start paying at Lighthouse Park

Date: 06/01/2015 | Local News

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

State to give Edmonds $500K for waterfront traffic study

OLYMPIA — State lawmakers are ready to help the city of Edmonds curb the frequent traffic back-ups on the waterfront caused by all the trains traveling through town.

Date: 05/27/2015 | Local News

Motorcycle sales increase, fatalities high

Motorcycle sales for the first quarter were up 8.2 percent, according to the industry trade group Motorcycle Industry Council.That number reflects sales data from 20 leading brands and covers sales of road bikes, off-road bikes, dual sport bikes and scooters.

Date: 05/20/2015 | Business Wire

Washington traffic fines to increase by $12

SEATTLE — The Washington Supreme Court is boosting the base cost of traffic tickets in the state by $12 to help pay for a badly needed new computer system for district courts — a decision that four justices blasted as unfair to low-income residents who can least afford the fines.

Date: 05/18/2015 | Northwest

Chick-fil-A opens in Lynnwood without a mob scene

LYNNWOOD — Drivers in Lynnwood had an unusual experience on Thursday: less traffic than expected.

Date: 05/07/2015 | Local News

Traffic jams expected for Lynnwood Chick-fil-A opening

LYNNWOOD — Chick-fil-A is set to open in Lynnwood on Thursday.The Southern fast-food chain, known for simple chicken sandwiches on buttered buns, is sure to...

Date: 05/05/2015 | Business

Senator proposes bill to ticket slow left-lane drivers

OLYMPIA — Going slower than the speed limit in a highway’s fast lane could earn Washington drivers a speeding ticket under a bill pending in the state Senate.

Date: 04/20/2015 | Northwest

Mukilteo eyes waterfront parking options

MUKILTEO – More parking is needed on the city’s waterfront. It’s often overrun with people looking for parking at Lighthouse Park, downtown restaurants or other nearby businesses.

Date: 04/19/2015 | Local News


13 million honeybees spilled on I-5 in Lynnwood

Date: 04/17/2015 | 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

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

HOT lanes may not be so hot

The Most Interesting Man in the World doesn't always use the carpool lanes on I-405, but when he does later this fall, he's going to want to have a Good to Go Flex Pass.You might have read the account earlier in the week...

Date: 03/27/2015 | Editorials

Peterson, Liias hope to get state money for Edmonds railroad track study

State Rep. Strom Peterson and State Sen. Marko Liias say they hope that the legislature will supply money for a study of what to do with railroad tracks through Edmonds.

Date: 03/26/2015 | South County Politics

I-405 toll rates to be decided, could reach $10

KIRKLAND — The state Transportation Commission is expected Wednesday night to decide what it will cost to drive in the express toll lanes on I-405 between Lynnwood and Bellevue and to adopt new rules for carpoolers during commute hours.

Date: 03/18/2015 | Local News

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

Testing begins on Lynnwood-Bellevue high-occupancy lanes

No bill is in the mail. Along with the blue flashes from cameras, there are now signs flashing words and numbers as the state prepares to open 17 miles of high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes from Lynnwood to Bellevue.

Date: 03/13/2015 | Local News

Solution sought for congestion caused by trains in Edmonds

EDMONDS — The city and the Port of Edmonds are poised to spend $125,000 to show state lawmakers the...

Date: 03/10/2015 | Local News

The Marysville mess

Can we end the traffic nightmare? Or just give in to it?

Date: 02/20/2015 | Web Monkey

Almost ready for rebuilding

The Broadway Bridge in Everett is mostly gone

Date: 02/16/2015 | Local News

Out of my Waze!

Smartphone map app makes driving a party

Date: 02/15/2015 | Life

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

$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

Fewer drivers drunk; more use drugs

WASHINGTON — The number of drivers on the road with alcohol in their systems has declined by nearly one-third since 2007, but there has been a large increase in drivers using marijuana and other illegal drugs, a government report released Friday found.

Date: 02/07/2015 | Nation & World

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