Street Smarts

A truck parked on along 39th Avenue SE near Archbishop Murphy High School. Snohomish County prohibits parking along streets with double yellow lines if other vehicles have to cross over the center line too pass. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

No parking here: but that isn’t obvious to all

One reader says signs near Archbishop Murphy HS are needed to remind drivers parking is prohibited.

 

When dips appeared on Marsh Road where it curves between Seattle Hill Road and Highway 9 in April, one reader thought water was the culprit. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Was rainy weather creating dips in the road?

A reader was curious what caused the depressions to form. She thought water undermined the pavement.

 

Proposed design concepts for the I-405/Highway 522 interchange and the I-405/ Highway 527 interchange. (WSDOT)

Bonding toll revenue allows work on I-405 project to begin

The widening project between highways 522 and 527 is set to launch with bus rapid transit in 2024.

 

Holiday weekend travel was smooth(er than usual) for many

Memorial Day I-5 travel between Everett and Seattle was faster than a normal Monday rush hour commute.

US 2 blues: Stuck at a red light with somewhere to go

WSDOT explains the intricacies of programming traffic signals — and why there’s a 5-minute wait in Sultan.

Mayor Cassie Franklin pushes off her first ride Friday morning during a launch event for an e-scooter pilot program. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

My first Everett e-scooter ride: Not as daunting as I feared

A hundred rentable battery-powered scooters have begun dotting — and darting around — Everett streets.

Mayor Cassie Franklin pushes off her first ride Friday morning during a launch event for an e-scooter pilot program. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Resurfacing work starts on Snohomish County roads

Flaggers ahead: More than 83 miles will get a layer of chip seal and another 5.4 will be paved.

A new bike rack outside Karl’s Bakery and Cafe on Wetmore in downtown Everett. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Dust off those bicycles: May is Bike Everywhere Month

The annual event is a good time for people to give bike commuting a try.

A new bike rack outside Karl’s Bakery and Cafe on Wetmore in downtown Everett. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)
It wasn’t difficult for Lynnwood Police Department Sgt. Jason Valentine to find drivers holding cell phones during the city’s distracted driving campaign held earlier this month. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Distracted driving: ‘People are just sneakier about it’

It is the cause of 30 percent of all traffic deaths across the state, and the numbers keep rising.

It wasn’t difficult for Lynnwood Police Department Sgt. Jason Valentine to find drivers holding cell phones during the city’s distracted driving campaign held earlier this month. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Three US 2 repaving projects could bring lengthy delays

Summer brings the season of repaving and repairing. Here’s a list of WSDOT work for Snohomish County.

How tolerable is the transfer between Community Transit’s Swift Green and Blue lines? Not too bad for this rider. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Calculating the commute: Getting to Paine Field by bus

From The Daily Herald’s office in Everett it took me 45 minutes using Community Transit’s Swift lines.

How tolerable is the transfer between Community Transit’s Swift Green and Blue lines? Not too bad for this rider. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)
A Lynnwood traffic-enforcement camera. (Dan Bates / Herald file)

Lynnwood renews red-light-camera contract for five years

And a new traffic light near the Boeing plant prompts questions.

A Lynnwood traffic-enforcement camera. (Dan Bates / Herald file)
Passengers catch an Uber after arriving at Paine Field Friday. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)
Passengers catch an Uber after arriving at Paine Field Friday. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Swift Green Line starts rolling, from Bothell to Boeing

Thirty-four stations dot the 12.5-mile corridor, connecting two of the region’s largest job centers.

Community Transit and Everett Transit might soon start offering a low-income fare to qualified riders. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Community Transit, Everett Transit propose a low-income fare

For the average household, transportation is often the second largest expense after housing.

Community Transit and Everett Transit might soon start offering a low-income fare to qualified riders. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)
Vehicles heading north start to backup on I-5 at exit 192 as rush hour began on Thursday. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Red brake lights line I-5 from Everett to Marysville

Population growth and the proximity of four ramps contribute to the congestion, says WSDOT.

Vehicles heading north start to backup on I-5 at exit 192 as rush hour began on Thursday. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)
Tim Eyman’s latest $30 car tab initiative will impact more than just Sound Transit projects. (Sue Misao / The Herald)
                                Tim Eyman’s latest $30 car tab initiative will impact more than just Sound Transit projects. (Sue Misao / The Herald)
Tim Eyman’s latest $30 car tab initiative will impact more than just Sound Transit projects. (Sue Misao / The Herald)
                                Tim Eyman’s latest $30 car tab initiative will impact more than just Sound Transit projects. (Sue Misao / The Herald)
About a dozen lanes converge at the intersection of highways 9 and 204 in front of the Frontier Village Shopping Center in Lake Stevens. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Maybe 4 roundabouts can fix this nightmare intersection

There’s a new plan for that junk of a junction where highways 9 and 204 meet in Lake Stevens.

About a dozen lanes converge at the intersection of highways 9 and 204 in front of the Frontier Village Shopping Center in Lake Stevens. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)
Vehicles exiting I-5 compete for space with the traffic on 164th Street SW often causing congestion even during non-rush hour times. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Highway on- and off-ramps can bring congestion all day long

Why is the 164th Street SW overpass a jam? It’s the flow on the corridor and on the freeway ramps.

Vehicles exiting I-5 compete for space with the traffic on 164th Street SW often causing congestion even during non-rush hour times. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Why were freeways still snow-clogged more than a day later?

A Midwest transplant wonders where the salt is. Transportation officials say they use lots of it.