Street Smarts

Rules of the road for ‘extra-fast pedestrians’ — skateboarders

State traffic law defines them as pedestrians, and yet they are often in the middle of the street.

 

Lane changes near Marysville Winco plan for future growth

Street Smarts reader Julie Hanner wonders about changes for drivers exiting the…

 

Old habits don’t stop when stop sign comes down

Bunk Foss Road at U.S. 2 off-ramp near Highway 9 gets safety upgrade, but safety concerns remain.

Paving of I-5 south through Marysville on hold due to rain

Northbound I-5 lanes in Marysville got a new layer of asphalt, but rainy weather means the southbound lanes will have to wait until next year.… Continue reading

Plan for backups: Highway 529 bridge is getting a paint job

Lane closure times aim to prevent heavy jams as crews work to extend the life of the structure.

These left-turn signals send you into someone’s driveway

The ones on southbound 35th Avenue SE in the Silver Lake area aren’t unique, but they’re rare.

Tree trimming on Highway 104 out of Edmonds might cause delays

Drivers heading on Highway 104 out of Edmonds might experience delays Saturday while state transportation crews trim trees. A lane and a ramp… Continue reading

Bicycles are allowed on the interstate — but not everywhere

I’ve seen intrepid commuters pedaling their way over the flats on Highway 529 between Everett and Marysville. I’ve even given a thumbs up to the… Continue reading

Extra traffic signal head is a backup, not a mistake

Street Smarts reader Patty Freeburg, of Snohomish, drives through Everett and wrote in with this question: “After more than a year of construction, why are… Continue reading

Fall ferry schedules, fares here

Fall schedules for Washington State Ferries start Sunday, Oct. 1, along with the first wave of new fare hikes. The fare for a standard-sized vehicle… Continue reading

Weary drivers using toll lanes say they have little choice

Congestion continues to be a tedious reality for commuters on I-405, which is as clogged as ever.

Edmonds to add bike lanes in two areas

Crews will begin the first phase of work Thursday and Friday, weather permitting.

Hurry! Target will take your old car seat, but not for long

The seats will be taken apart and the various materials recycled.

Pay-per-mile experiment here will test gas-tax replacement

Gasoline use is declining, so revenue is plummeting. Volunteers will report the miles they drive.

Expired child car seat? You have no choice but to trash it

China’s decision to stop accepting waste plastic puts a hold on area car seat recycling programs.

Faster speeds allowed on Highway 522

The speed limit was lifted to 60 mph between the Snohomish River and Monroe.

Volunteers needed to count pedestrians

The state’s annual tally of people bicycling and walking helps design new projects.

Free car seat checkups kick off Child Passenger Safety Week

About eight of 10 car seats are installed incorrectly, according to Safe Kids Snohomish County.

Video provides answers on state’s new distracted driving law

Confused by the state’s new distracted driving law? The Washington State Patrol and Washington Traffic Safety Commission recently released a YouTube video that answers common… Continue reading