Street Smarts

Detours, flaggers and orange cones: Paving season is here

Paving season is upon us, and the sweet stench of asphalt is in the air. Snohomish County Public Works has kicked off its annual summer… Continue reading

Electric car myths zapped in Everett-to-Spokane road trip

Randy and Anne Brooks have heard all the reasons people shy away from electric vehicles. Short battery life, golf cart-like speeds — oh,… Continue reading

Work to smooth out SR 526 in Everett begins June 12

Grinding and repaving work on Highway 526 is set to start Monday. Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will… Continue reading

Paving, Strawberry Festival to jam up traffic in Marysville

Getting around town likely will be harder next week. Crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation are scheduled to start a… Continue reading

Paving to partially close Grove Street in Marysville on Wednesday

Crews will be paving Grove Street, from State Avenue through the intersection of 47th Avenue NE, between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday.… Continue reading

She ditched her car — and the rewards are many

Jessica Bentem had just filled the car up with gas. “I made it about 10 minutes,” the Everett woman recalled. Then her car decided it… Continue reading

Hated choke point on 128th Street to get help — thanks to buses

Driving along 128th Street over I-5 in south Everett during the afternoon can be a slow-moving nightmare. On a recent Tuesday, it took Patricia Prentice… Continue reading

Expect a challenging summer travel season on the roads

Related: Where to celebrate Memorial Day in Snohomish County Memorial Day weekend marks the start of the summer travel season, and this year could be… Continue reading

Railroad work to close a lane of U.S. 2 near Gold Bar

A single lane in either direction of U.S. 2 between Reiter Road and Fir Road is scheduled to be closed from 8… Continue reading

The Dutch trick for drivers that can keep a cyclist safe

Note: May is National Bike Month, and Street Smarts celebrated Bike Everywhere Day on May 19. Some other topics covered in celebration: - Handy for… Continue reading

Celebrating Bike Everywhere Day with kids — we survived

Bike Everywhere Day was Friday. So I decided to brave the sidewalks with my two kids like a good mom who happens to be a… Continue reading

A bicycle is a vehicle — and other laws you need to know

Note: May is National Bike Month, and Street Smarts celebrated Bike Everywhere Day on May 19. Some other topics covered in celebration: - Is a… Continue reading

Expect delays from sign replacement on I-5

Drivers who use southbound I-5 and westbound Highway 526 (the Boeing Freeway) to get to south Everett or Mukilteo should prepare for possible… Continue reading

Is a bicycle helmet required? The surprising answer…

Note: May is National Bike Month, and Street Smarts celebrated Bike Everywhere Day on May 19. Some other topics covered in celebration: - Handy for… Continue reading

When big rigs shouldn’t be in the center lane

The typical rule to “keep right except to pass” is a little trickier when you’re hurtling down the interstate in 80,000 pounds of metal. Still,… Continue reading

Where to celebrate Bike Everywhere Day in Snohomish County

in the form of spinning bicycle spokes. May is National Bike Month. In much of Snohomish County, Cascade Bicycle… Continue reading

Overnight lane closures on I-405 to end by Wednesday morning

Overnight lane closures on I-405 were expected to start Monday and be complete by Wednesday morning as crews re-stripe the express toll lanes… Continue reading

Community Transit starts Paine Field work for rapid bus line

Related: More bus rides coming to Paine Field, UW, downtown Seattle The first phase of construction on Community Transit’s Swift Green Line started last week,… Continue reading

Marysville’s Grove Street down to one lane for road work

The city started work this week to improve Grove Street between State Avenue and 47th Avenue NE. Traffic will be reduced to one… Continue reading