Street Smarts

Edmonds to improve 76th Avenue intersection near high school

Construction to improve the intersection of 76th Avenue W and 212th Street SW by Edmonds-Woodway High School is set to start April 10.… Continue reading

Snow could push North Cascades Highway reopening into June

The North Cascades Highway has only stayed closed through Memorial Day once in the past 40 years. “But it could happen this year,”… Continue reading

Mukilteo taking comments on proposed transportation district

City leaders here are the latest to consider forming a transportation benefit district, which would allow them to levy extra fees and taxes… Continue reading

Dispute over road repairs raises questions in Mill Creek

Allen and Bundie Olsen are still vacuuming up gravel tracked into their garage from their quiet road. “The gravel just doesn’t stop… Continue reading

Video record traffic stops?

Street Smarts reader Phillip Jefferies, of Bothell, asks: Does Washington state law allow citizens to record police stops? This was in response to a video… Continue reading

Speed sign going up on south Everett’s 19th Avenue

It’s a highway, but that doesn’t mean you can go highway speeds. Street Smarts reader Harry Kautzman, of Everett, sees a lot of speeding on… Continue reading

Overnight closures planned for I-5 ramps at 116th St. NE

Ramps at the I-5 and 116th Street NE interchange will be closed overnight this week for grinding work. Nightly closures are planned Wednesday… Continue reading

Work continues on new 116th Street overpass

Street Smarts reader Greg Miner, of Tulalip, writes: “The 116th Street overpass on I-5 has been under construction for months. It appears to be unfinished.… Continue reading

County to apply high-friction treatment to problem roads

There was a time when Macomber Farms kept its livestock away from a pasture near the bend in Burn Road. “That really… Continue reading

Toll lanes’ temporary striping to stick until 2-year review

Herald copy editor Christina Okeson tossed me a question about apparent striping problems connected to the I-405 express toll lanes between Lynnwood and Bellevue. “It’s… Continue reading

Community Transit expands bus service

Community Transit will expand late-night bus service in Snohomish County, along with some daytime and weekend routes. Beginning March 12, more than 40 new trips… Continue reading

Intersection improvements in Everett help big rigs reach Port

New intersection improvements along Rucker and Pacific avenues aim to help big rigs better move their high and heavy cargo between the Port of Everett… Continue reading

Money available to help tame speeders on Edmonds streets

Edmonds has $20,000 to address local residents’ concerns about speeding in their neighborhoods. Now, city staff need to decide where to spend it. The Traffic… Continue reading

Can you really go 5 mph above the speed limit? We ask…

There are a lot of lead feet on gas pedals out there. A PEMCO Insurance poll found that two out of three drivers admit to… Continue reading

Bothell area street to close for pipeline work

Work related to King County’s North Creek Interceptor Sewer Improvement project will again close 14th Drive SE, in a Bothell area neighborhood, for about two… Continue reading

Leaves and junk are swept from streets — then dumped where?

Street Smarts reader Fabian Borowiecki, of Everett, wonders what happens after the street sweepers move through. Where does all that stuff go? And is the… Continue reading

Traffic signal overkill? Extra lights are for standards, safety

at first glance, anyway — looks like traffic signal overkill… Continue reading

Expansion joint on U.S. 2 bridge gets temporary fix

Street Smarts reader Arleigh Hiersch, of Snohomish, writes: “For over eight months, the expansion joint on U.S. 2 westbound over the Pilchuck River has been… Continue reading

Highway 530 to close early Sunday morning

Highway 530 between Lake Cavanaugh Road and Oso Loop Road is expected to be shut down early Sunday for an accident re-creation. The… Continue reading