Street Smarts

It’s big, it’s gray, it’s ugly — it’s physics

Diagonal “bridges” are a lot of metal for a simple traffic signal. Size of intersection is a reason.

Switch to LED saves county $20K

Snohomish County Public Works in 2016 replaced more than 400 street lights and traffic signals with energy efficient LED versions, thanks to a state grant.… Continue reading

Tulips bloom, traffic booms

Tips for navigating the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

State residents take a ‘road usage charge’ for a test drive

Pay-per-mile taxes are being pitched as an eventual replacement for the gas tax.

Expect delays during project in Marysville

Installation of a new water main on Sunnyside Blvd. will start April 9 and end in May.

Navigating roundabouts 101

Richard Springer, formerly of Mill Creek, still subscribes to The Daily Herald from Chelan and keeps up on Street Smarts. (Clearly, he is a model… Continue reading

Spring break plans taking you on Highway 20? Plan for delays

A double-roundabout project will impact holiday traffic to Anacortes ferry, Whidbey Island

I-5 repaving project through Marysville coming to a close

Crews are to demolish and replace curb ramps on Highway 528 (Fourth Street) at the I-5 interchange.

Crews completing “ missing link ” in the Interurban Trail

212th Street SW will be modified and the trail realigned along the north side.

NOPEYEP, YEPNOPE: We love our personalized license plates

Street Smarts asked you to send in vanity plate finds, and readers did not disappoint.

The rules: You can’t put just anything on your vanity plate

The state keeps a “banned list” of character combinations that will automatically be denied.

Failing embankment on Marine Drive awaiting permanent fix

In the meantime, a 20 mph speed limit is in effect at the spot south of Norman Road.

New 116th interchange enters final phase

The Tulalip-led project will ease backups at the I-5 overpass.

R U testing RUC?

The state has started its pilot of pay-per-mile taxes.

Does daylight saving bring more traffic crashes?

Studies differ, but either way it’s good to be mindful of drowsy driving.

Ba-boom to ahhh … Trestle to be repaved this summer

The westbound span has shown significant wear and tear since it was last repaved in 2002.

Change clocks, check VIN

Speaking of the time change, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urges vehicle owners to use the occasion for a safety check-up. Check for recalls… Continue reading

Rules are rules: No additions to make it harder to break them

You just can’t cut straight across Highway 9’s four lanes onto South Lake Stevens Road.

Sticky solution for graffiti targets

Some people get confused by blank crosswalk buttons.