Street Smarts

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

Signal timing improvements coming on Highway 527

Ken George, of Everett, writes in about a frustrating drive on Highway 527, among other spots, that has to do with signal timing. “I see… Continue reading

What’s dripping from your car? Find out for free

Interactive graphic: Diagnose your car’s leak There’s a mysterious wet patch underneath your car. If you’re like many folks, your first thought is oil leak.… Continue reading

Fixes for Ash Way Park and Ride slog are a long way off

The I-5 interchange at 164th Street SW is a notoriously busy one, and the nearby Ash Way Park and Ride reflects that crunch.… Continue reading

De-icer, salt, sand: Don’t forget to wash your car

Street Smarts reader Lee Peterson, of Snohomish, writes: “During our recent period of below freezing temperatures we saw the road maintenance crews applying a liquid… Continue reading

Rolling slowdown planned early Sunday on section of I-5

Drivers heading through Mountlake Terrace to Lynnwood on northbound I-5 early Sunday morning should prepare for delays. Washington State Department of Transportation… Continue reading

Work on railroad crossing to close Reese Road in Startup for a day

Emergency repairs to the railroad crossing on Reese Road, also known as 147th Street SE, are expected to close the road to regular… Continue reading

Speed limit lowered on Highway 9 in Clearview

The speed limit on Highway 9 (Woodinville Snohomish Road) in Clearview was lowered following a traffic study by Washington State Department of Transportation engineers. The… Continue reading

Work starts on I-405 shoulder lane

Crews hired by the Washington State Department of Transportation have started work on the I-405 northbound peak-use shoulder lane project. Drivers may see daytime shoulder… Continue reading

Solving the Smokey Point shopping district traffic nightmare

Traffic coming in and out of the expanding Smokey Point shopping district west of I-5 is a perennial hot topic. Many of the… Continue reading

Tulalip Tribes extend pedestrian trail on Marine Drive

The intersection of Marine Drive and 64th Street NW in Tulalip is scheduled for closure 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, from Jan. 9 through… Continue reading

When a front license plate is not required

Street Smarts reader Lawrence Wilson, of Marysville, brought up an interesting question: “I have been seeing more and more cars and pickup trucks with no… Continue reading

County, cities given nearly $15M for roads projects

The Washington State Transportation Improvement Board recently awarded nearly $15 million to Snohomish County and nine local cities for various transportation projects. Topping the list… Continue reading

Special rules for tow trucks

Brent Waters, of Bothell, asks: “I was wondering about the ‘status’ of tow trucks. I’ve seen the drivers on the phone, driving much below the… Continue reading