Street Smarts

Missing lane markings at shopping complex are owner’s duty

Street Smarts reader Julie Hanner, of Marysville, worries about the fender bender potential for drivers turning into the busy Winco shopping complex off 116th Street… Continue reading

Turning? Stay in your lane to let the other car turn, too

It’s not coloring. Still, it’d be handy to have some lines so you know where to stay. Street Smarts reader Roger Lee, of Edmonds, called… Continue reading

Crews make room for wider shoulders on portion of Highway 527

Crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation expect to close a northbound lane of Highway 527 from 3 a.m. to… Continue reading

New traffic signal going in at busy Lynnwood intersection

A new traffic signal is going in at a crash-prone intersection near Alderwood mall. Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of… Continue reading

Nine-day closure of Highway 203 in Duvall set for July 17-26

Drivers traveling through Duvall will need to adjust their routes for more than a week starting Monday morning, July 17. Contractor crews working… Continue reading

New shoulder lane drives down I-405 tolls at north end

Drivers who commute along I-405 are seeing lower evening tolls thanks to the new shoulder lane. In April, the state started allowing shoulder… Continue reading

Changes coming for bicycles pulling trailers onto ferries

On many routes, bicycles towing trailers will pay two one-way fees for a round trip.

Settle in for even longer US 2, I-90 mountain pass commutes

More paving work is planned for U.S. 2 starting Monday, adding still more time to summer trips over the mountains. “This work… Continue reading

41st Street repaving in Everett to close intersection

Repaving work on 41st Street is scheduled to continue Tuesday. Work is expected in and around the intersection with Colby Avenue. Contractors are… Continue reading

Pedestrian detour across Highway 526

Pedestrians who rely on the Evergreen Way overpass to cross Highway 526 will need to use a nearby footbridge while state crews rebuild… Continue reading

Who yields on a narrow two-lane road? Answer involves chicken

no you go first… Street Smarts reader Julie Hanner, of Marysville, asks: “When driving down a crowded street… who has the… Continue reading

Some etiquette lessons for the Centennial Trail

Summer is here, school is out, and the trails are filling. Arlington recreation staff recently offered a review of Centennial Trail etiquette in anticipation of… Continue reading

Plan for the worst when it comes to Fourth of July traffic

The Fourth of July falls on a Tuesday this year. But that might not matter when it comes to holiday traffic. In fact,… Continue reading

Monster pothole finally meets its match (or at least we hope)

“Watch out,” wrote reader Ken Gross, of Everett, back in May. “There is a monster waiting for you off I-5 northbound at the 128th Street… Continue reading

New voice in your ear for state’s 511 traffic info service

The state Department of Transportation recently upgraded its 511 service. The travel information system now features a female voice. Other upgrades (ahem) include better voice… Continue reading

Aviation license plate to land at DOL in late July

In Washington, aviation reaches its greatest heights with Boeing, but there’s more to our state’s aerospace impact than even that 100-year-old company. In 2012, public… Continue reading

No, that plane is not sitting on a ‘tarmac’

As the state wraps up General Aviation Appreciation Month, let’s clear up one thing: Chances are good that 747 is not sitting on a “tarmac.”… Continue reading

Seattle Hill Road set to close June 23-26 for construction

The first planned closure of Seattle Hill Road for construction is scheduled from Friday to Monday. The roadway will be closed for… Continue reading

Highway 527 lanes to close off and on for tree work

Southbound lanes of Highway 527 will be closed intermittently Wednesday through Friday while crews remove a dying tree. The work area runs… Continue reading