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Traffic along Hwy 2 in Monroe of Sunday afternoon on March 7, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Gold Bar fire chief pleads for U.S. 2 traffic help from state

The highway’s long had backups. But now drivers are using apps that take them onto narrow side roads.

Traffic along Hwy 2 in Monroe of Sunday afternoon on March 7, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Co-founders of Black Snohomish County Carissa Walker, left, Maïmouna Fame and Avianca Walker-Loundermon laugh together while they work on social media posts for the BlackSnoCo accounts on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

After 2020 protests, groups focus on laws, people, policies

National tragedies and widespread racism spurred growth and pushed new leaders into inclusion work.

Co-founders of Black Snohomish County Carissa Walker, left, Maïmouna Fame and Avianca Walker-Loundermon laugh together while they work on social media posts for the BlackSnoCo accounts on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Parked tractor-trailers line the side of 40th Avenue NE on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021 in Marysville, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Worker wonders why dead end Marysville road is rough and rutty

A stretch of 40th Avenue NE is mostly used for heavy trucking and isn’t in line for repairs soon.

Parked tractor-trailers line the side of 40th Avenue NE on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021 in Marysville, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
In a zipper merge, cars continue in their lanes and then take turns at the point where the lanes meet. (Koenb via Wikimedia Commons)

Do Washington drivers need to learn the zipper merge?

Legislators propose requiring zipper merge instruction in drivers education and in license test.

In a zipper merge, cars continue in their lanes and then take turns at the point where the lanes meet. (Koenb via Wikimedia Commons)
Thornton A. Sullivan Park borders the north Silver Lake neighborhood along W Iberson Drive where parks staff outlined the project to build a path on the north and west sides and connect with the sidewalk already east of the lake on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Neighbors irked over Everett’s proposal for Silver Lake trail

The plan would complete a path encircling the lake. Some residents think it will attract crime.

Thornton A. Sullivan Park borders the north Silver Lake neighborhood along W Iberson Drive where parks staff outlined the project to build a path on the north and west sides and connect with the sidewalk already east of the lake on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Kitsap Transit fast ferries in Kingston. (Puget Sound Regional Council) 20210215

Study examines Everett-Whidbey passenger ferry service

So far, no government is seriously considering such a service, which would cost millions of dollars.

Kitsap Transit fast ferries in Kingston. (Puget Sound Regional Council) 20210215
An aerial photo shows the former property of the Kimberly-Clark paper mill on the Everett waterfront. The parking lots at upper left are being sold to an Everett developer. (Port of Everett) 20210210

Port sells ex-mill parking lots to developer for $3.6M

City of Everett code allows Williams Investment to build three-story and four-story apartment buildings.

An aerial photo shows the former property of the Kimberly-Clark paper mill on the Everett waterfront. The parking lots at upper left are being sold to an Everett developer. (Port of Everett) 20210210

Turns out biking and walking in winter isn’t a breeze

Our transportation columnist’s one-month check-in: Convenience is a tough drug to kick.

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Trees tower above a group from Everett's YMCA as they hike along a trail at Forest Park in Everett on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

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Everett considers revenue-generating leases of city property

A ropes course at Forest Park is just one public-private proposal under consideration.

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Trees tower above a group from Everett's YMCA as they hike along a trail at Forest Park in Everett on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

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Buretta changes a faulty spark plug, getting a driver back on the road. (Lizz Giordano/ The Herald)

When your car’s in trouble, WSDOT ‘road angels’ to the rescue

The Incident Response Team clears collisions, debris and stalled vehicles to keep traffic moving.

Buretta changes a faulty spark plug, getting a driver back on the road. (Lizz Giordano/ The Herald)
Mayor Cassie Franklin makes her State of Everett address online from her office on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

State of Everett: It was a ‘hellish’ year but better days loom

In her annual speech, Mayor Cassie Franklin reflected on losses and triumphs and stated her priorities.

Mayor Cassie Franklin makes her State of Everett address online from her office on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A man crosses the road under stoplights at Casino Road and Evergreen Way on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019 in Everett, Wash. The lights at Casino Road and Evergreen Way are being considered for controversial red-light traffic cameras. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Traffic-enforcement cameras are on Everett council agenda

The devices have generated millions of dollars of revenue for nearby Lynnwood over the past decade.

A man crosses the road under stoplights at Casino Road and Evergreen Way on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019 in Everett, Wash. The lights at Casino Road and Evergreen Way are being considered for controversial red-light traffic cameras. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Ric Ilgenfritz is the new CEO Community Transit. (Kevin Clark/The Herald)

Community Transit’s new CEO looks beyond the pandemic

Ric Ilgenfritz anticipates continued growth and more bus service adjustments as light rail extends north.

Ric Ilgenfritz is the new CEO Community Transit. (Kevin Clark/The Herald)
The strip-mall site (bottom) where Trent Development hopes to build 350 studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2020 in Lynnwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Hundreds more apartments planned around Lynnwood light rail

In a new proposal, a developer envisions 350 units, two buildings of at least seven stories, a one-acre courtyard and a dog spa.

The strip-mall site (bottom) where Trent Development hopes to build 350 studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2020 in Lynnwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Carissa Hudson pulls a beer at Engel's Pub in Edmonds. At 86 years old, Engel's is one of the oldest bars in Snohomish County.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

When it’s finally safe, these dive bars are worth checking out

David Blend called the watering holes “an essential part of the American experience” in an ode to the haunts.

Carissa Hudson pulls a beer at Engel's Pub in Edmonds. At 86 years old, Engel's is one of the oldest bars in Snohomish County.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

No changes any time soon for ‘busy’ Marysville intersection

A reader asked if a roundabout is planned at 67th Avenue NE and 108th Street NE. The city says no.

The Lynnwood Link light rail extension breached the 25% milestone for construction in Mountlake Terrace shot on Wednesday December 16, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Sound Transit projects ahead could need another $11.5 billion

Costs for construction and property have soared as revenue dropped during the pandemic.

The Lynnwood Link light rail extension breached the 25% milestone for construction in Mountlake Terrace shot on Wednesday December 16, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Snohomish County PUD crews cut a fallen tree near Monroe early Wednesday morning after strong winds caused widespread power outages. (Snohomish County PUD)

Strong winds knock out power across Snohomish County, Camano

At least two school districts canceled classes as thousands woke up without power after storm.

Snohomish County PUD crews cut a fallen tree near Monroe early Wednesday morning after strong winds caused widespread power outages. (Snohomish County PUD)

Left turns against red lights are rarely legal

A reader asked whether they are allowed. The law’s clear on when.

The Rucker Renewal Project is complete but the COVID closures still hamper businesses along the thoroughfare in Everett.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Bad soil, concrete and COVID added to Rucker project costs

Change orders for the project added nearly $2 million to the project’s original $9.5 million budget.

The Rucker Renewal Project is complete but the COVID closures still hamper businesses along the thoroughfare in Everett.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)