Street Smarts

Railroad crossing near Woodinville to get upgrades

The county once planned to develop a park with ball fields, but backed off after the locals resisted.

New roundabout will serve as ‘gateway’ to Tulalip

A new roundabout intersection under construction in Tulalip will serve an expanded casino and serve as a “gateway” to tribal land. Crews are installing a… Continue reading

Ferry sails almost empty to transport its workers

It’s a test to see if on-time staff helps avoid crew-shortage delays, but commuters call it a waste.

Q&A (Part 2) about the state’s pay-per-mile tax pilot project

For example: “What do trucks, buses and cars that drive through our state pay?”

No short-term fix for Highway 522 cheaters

The stretch of Highway 522 where the road has yet to be widened, between Paradise Lake Road and the Snohomish River Bridge, is a notorious… Continue reading

On 522, the only thing slower than cars and fish is money

A lawmaker says bottlenecks and habitat-blocking culverts are not getting solved any time soon.

Ramp to Boeing freeway to be closed nightly

The ramp will reopen in time for Boeing’s early shift each morning.

When parked cars extend beyond the white lines

Colleague Ben Watanabe writes: “My route between the office and home sometimes takes me by the Angel of the Winds Arena, and I’ve noticed large… Continue reading

Hotel can restrict parking for events in Everett

Finding parking downtown Everett is hard enough, notes reader Monty Futch, of Everett. Is it really OK for the Courtyard by Marriott hotel, near the… Continue reading

Ferry traffic Monday suggests the holiday has already begun

Because July 4 falls on a weekday, it’s hard to predict the worst times to hit the road.

Bottom out? Dinged windshield? You could get money for that

Ken Gross’ 1971 Chevelle was the latest victim of what he dubs “The Big Dip” on Highway 96 (128th Street) near McCollum Park in south… Continue reading

Bumpy ride near McCollum Park getting temporary fix

for now. Highway 96 (also known as 128th Street SE) remains a roller coaster near McCollum Park,… Continue reading

Sewer, water main replacements close Shelby Road

Construction will continue throughout the summer and into the fall at different points.

Signal near Alderwood mall finally activated

It was installed last year but the finishing touches have waited for warmer weather,

No left turn to Everett schools administration building

Carol Forsberg, of Everett, writes: “Coming off Broadway and wanting to go up to 41st, there is no turn lane by the new Everett school… Continue reading

There’s a new signal at a busy 128th Street intersection

Adding 15 minutes to travel time just for waiting at a traffic light? Yep. It took up to five cycles for Cheryl Perhatch, of Everett,… Continue reading

US 2 trestle work postponed a 3rd time due to forecast rain

It must be perfectly dry when repaving material is applied. They will try again next weekend.

Best time to take a Washington State Ferry in the summer

Summer ferry schedules start June 24. Washington State Ferries plans to post its “best times” for travel soon. Based on last year’s summer’s tips (which… Continue reading

Learn about orcas — and maybe spot one — on a ferry

June is Orca Month in Washington. Throughout the month you can find pop-up presentations about our Southern Resident orca friends on Washington State Ferry routes… Continue reading

How low it can go: Extreme low tides can cause ferry delays

Taking an RV on the ferry this summer? Pulling a trailer? You may be interested in this factoid. (Whether it’s a fun fact likely depends… Continue reading