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Plan ahead: Long car trips with kids don’t have to be awful

The temperature outside read 100 degrees and the air conditioning was not working. A two-hour delay still loomed ahead at the pass, and we had… Continue reading

Overnight closures of Highway 529 into Marysville next week

Overnight drivers who use the Highway 529 Ebey Slough bridge in Marysville should plan ahead for delays next week as state bridge, maintenance… Continue reading

Part of Seattle Hill Road in Mill Creek to close for rebuilding

Seattle Hill Road is scheduled to close for five days starting at 6 a.m. Aug. 14. Snohomish County Public Works is rebuilding… Continue reading

Short green light at Everett intersection remains a problem

Roadwork brings some unintended consequences. Take the light at 41st Street and Colby Avenue. During recent afternoons, the light would stay green for only a… Continue reading

Which way to I-5? Sign to get upgrade so you won’t get lost

Why, yes, she is right… “I’m writing on behalf of a friend who is always right,” begins Donn Franklin in an email to Street Smarts.… Continue reading

2 Mill Creek neighborhoods to get rough-riding roads repaved

The City Council agreed at its July 25 meeting to proceed with grinding and repaving chip-sealed streets in two older neighborhoods this… Continue reading

New work hours intended to reduce US 2 construction delays

New work hours for a U.S. 2 paving project between Gold Bar and Skykomish aim to reduce traffic delays that were reaching… Continue reading

Marysville starts summer paving projects

The city started on its pavement preservation projects this week. Through September, Cadman Materials Inc. workers will be grinding and repairing pavement, laying… Continue reading

Missing lane markings at shopping complex are owner’s duty

Street Smarts reader Julie Hanner, of Marysville, worries about the fender bender potential for drivers turning into the busy Winco shopping complex off 116th Street… Continue reading

Turning? Stay in your lane to let the other car turn, too

It’s not coloring. Still, it’d be handy to have some lines so you know where to stay. Street Smarts reader Roger Lee, of Edmonds, called… Continue reading

Crews make room for wider shoulders on portion of Highway 527

Crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation expect to close a northbound lane of Highway 527 from 3 a.m. to… Continue reading

New traffic signal going in at busy Lynnwood intersection

A new traffic signal is going in at a crash-prone intersection near Alderwood mall. Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of… Continue reading

Nine-day closure of Highway 203 in Duvall set for July 17-26

Drivers traveling through Duvall will need to adjust their routes for more than a week starting Monday morning, July 17. Contractor crews working… Continue reading

New shoulder lane drives down I-405 tolls at north end

Drivers who commute along I-405 are seeing lower evening tolls thanks to the new shoulder lane. In April, the state started allowing shoulder… Continue reading

Changes coming for bicycles pulling trailers onto ferries

On many routes, bicycles towing trailers will pay two one-way fees for a round trip.

Settle in for even longer US 2, I-90 mountain pass commutes

More paving work is planned for U.S. 2 starting Monday, adding still more time to summer trips over the mountains. “This work… Continue reading

41st Street repaving in Everett to close intersection

Repaving work on 41st Street is scheduled to continue Tuesday. Work is expected in and around the intersection with Colby Avenue. Contractors are… Continue reading

Pedestrian detour across Highway 526

Pedestrians who rely on the Evergreen Way overpass to cross Highway 526 will need to use a nearby footbridge while state crews rebuild… Continue reading

Who yields on a narrow two-lane road? Answer involves chicken

no you go first… Street Smarts reader Julie Hanner, of Marysville, asks: “When driving down a crowded street… who has the… Continue reading