Street Smarts

Some etiquette lessons for the Centennial Trail

Summer is here, school is out, and the trails are filling. Arlington recreation staff recently offered a review of Centennial Trail etiquette in anticipation of… Continue reading

Plan for the worst when it comes to Fourth of July traffic

The Fourth of July falls on a Tuesday this year. But that might not matter when it comes to holiday traffic. In fact,… Continue reading

Monster pothole finally meets its match (or at least we hope)

“Watch out,” wrote reader Ken Gross, of Everett, back in May. “There is a monster waiting for you off I-5 northbound at the 128th Street… Continue reading

New voice in your ear for state’s 511 traffic info service

The state Department of Transportation recently upgraded its 511 service. The travel information system now features a female voice. Other upgrades (ahem) include better voice… Continue reading

Aviation license plate to land at DOL in late July

In Washington, aviation reaches its greatest heights with Boeing, but there’s more to our state’s aerospace impact than even that 100-year-old company. In 2012, public… Continue reading

No, that plane is not sitting on a ‘tarmac’

As the state wraps up General Aviation Appreciation Month, let’s clear up one thing: Chances are good that 747 is not sitting on a “tarmac.”… Continue reading

Seattle Hill Road set to close June 23-26 for construction

The first planned closure of Seattle Hill Road for construction is scheduled from Friday to Monday. The roadway will be closed for… Continue reading

Highway 527 lanes to close off and on for tree work

Southbound lanes of Highway 527 will be closed intermittently Wednesday through Friday while crews remove a dying tree. The work area runs… Continue reading

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