Street Smarts

What are your tips and tricks for the car?

Nearly a year ago we turned to our Street Smarts readers for tips and tricks to de-ice a windshield. Your feedback was sadly lacking. That’s… Continue reading

Safety tips: Winter driving requires extra precautions

For those of us who smugly snort at the rainmaker-like sounds coming from a neighboring car’s studded tires, this is a good reminder to make… Continue reading

New state fee on studded tires is small, but statement is big

Drivers were able to start using studded tires on Nov. 1. The special tires are legal through March 31. This year, there’s a new $5… Continue reading

58th Avenue W to close for 3 weeks to replace water main

Contractors working for the city will close 58th Avenue W for up to three weeks, starting next week, to replace a water… Continue reading

Bicycling in foul weather doesn’t have to be miserable

They cycle with team names like Riders on the Stormwater, No Rain No Gain, and Hurray for Gortex! There’s even the cheeky Let It Snow.… Continue reading

Fern Bluff Road in Monroe to be closed for two days

Fern Bluff Road will be closed in the 27600 block, south of U.S. 2, from 8 a.m. Nov. 29 to 6 p.m. Nov.… Continue reading

I-405 toll-lane traffic not meeting standard for speed

Tolls on I-405 are hitting the maximum $10 posted rate almost daily. Money is flowing. Profitability is not a problem. But one year into the… Continue reading

Locust Way bridge in Bothell scheduled to reopen Dec. 5

Bridge 504 on Locust Way is scheduled to reopen to traffic Dec. 5, more than a month and a half behind… Continue reading

North county, tolling topics of transpo meeting in Marysville

Local officials, tribal leaders and business groups will meet with the Washington State Transportation Commission in Marysville on Wednesday, Nov. 16, to discuss the region’s… Continue reading

Shoulder driving coming to I-405 choke point by spring

Evening commuters should have an extra lane to use for 1.8 miles of their trip by spring. The Washington State Department of Transportation recently selected… Continue reading

‘Move Over ‘or slow down — but by how much?

Reporter Caitlin Tompkins recently wrote about emphasis patrols for the state’s “Move Over” law, which aims to protect Washington State Patrol troopers on busy highways.… Continue reading

Bridges near Index, Gold Bar to be replaced

In some places around soggy Snohomish County, it’s still a giant log that gets you over a rushing stream of water. Log girders… Continue reading

When you can start to accelerate for a higher speed limit

Gary Kelly, of Mukilteo, writes: “I have a question about speed limits that I can not find the answer to in the Washington State Drivers… Continue reading

Which lane? Drivers double-take when it’s a double exit

Dave Martinson of Everett asks: “When traveling north on I-5 approaching the Broadway and 41st Street off-ramps, why can’t the signs be changed to indicate… Continue reading

Coupeville ferry terminal set to be closed Nov. 5-6 for work

Longer wait times could be in store for Washington State Ferries riders at the Edmonds and Mukilteo terminals while the Coupeville-to-Port Townsend route… Continue reading

Halloween safety tips for drivers, trick-or-treaters

Sugar rush and rush hour meet tonight. Parents are urged to help their children think about cars as well as candy as they go trick-or-treating… Continue reading

Grant helps south county cities connect bike routes

“Sharrows” are going down. Signs are going up. Bike lanes are being added. A new bicycle network is taking shape across three south… Continue reading

Get out the rakes, it’s leaf drop season

Street sweepers across the county will be more frequent sights as autumn deepens and trees drop more of their foliage. Local public works departments also… Continue reading

How to get text alerts for I-90 Snoqualmie Pass closures

Do you frequently cross I-90 to get east of the Cascades? The Washington State Department of Transportation offers a new text messaging service to help… Continue reading