Road projects postponed
Several area highway closures that were expected this weekend for roadwork are now canceled because of the rain.
Everett: A full closure of the westbound U.S. 2 trestle is now set for 7 p.m. Sept. 21 to 4 a.m. Sept. 24. A planned sixth closure is to follow, theoretically, Sept. 28 to Oct. 1. The last closure of the trestle was Aug. 17-20. Since May, seven of the state’s 11 attempts to do the moisture-sensitive work have been postponed because of rainy forecasts.
Lynnwood: Back-to-back weekend closures of Highway 524 for construction of two roundabout intersections are now scheduled for Sept. 21-24 (at Larch Way) and Sept. 28-Oct. 1 (at Locust Way).
Seattle: And the last weekend closure of three northbound lanes of I-5, between Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Olive Way, is being pushed back. No new dates have been set.
Learn to ‘rainscape’ with celeb gardener
A fair-style event later this month aims to teach the art of handling rainwater runoff in your yard.
TV and radio personality Ciscoe Morris will talk about techniques for environmentally friendly gardening during the RainScaping Expo, from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 29 at McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett.
Attendees can enjoy mini-workshops by experts in rain gardens, lawn alternatives, soil solutions, pavement options and rain barrels, among others. They will be able to see examples of those practices as well. There’s also a chance to snag prizes such as rain barrels or books on rain gardens.
More info: www.rain scaping.info, 425-388-3464
Buy a rain barrel
If you miss winning a rain barrel, you can buy one rain barrel at a special sale, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Everett Public Works, 3200 Cedar St. Cost is $55. Each 55-gallon barrel includes a spigot, an overflow and a double screen on top to keep out debris.
More info: everettwa.gov/rainbarrels
Expert panel to talk about growth plans
Coping with the 250,000 additional Snohomish County residents expected within 30 years is the subject of a panel discussion later this month.
The talk at 6 p.m. Sept. 26 intends to answer questions about traffic, utilities, schools and more. Anyone is welcome to attend and join the conversation at Everett Station’s Weyerhaeuser Room, 3201 Smith Ave., Everett.
The keynote speaker is state Transportation Secretary Roger Millar.
The program is being co-sponsored by Snohomish County Tomorrow and Snohomish County Cities.