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52nd Ave. in Terrace closed for school utility work

Utility work for the Mountlake Terrace Elementary School reconstruction project will close 52nd Avenue W between 220th and 219th Streets SW, 7… Continue reading

Changes urged to help stem crashes at Machias intersection

A couple nearby keeps a folder of photos and witness reports. The newest entry was a few weeks ago.

Marysville’s First Street construction starts Wednesday

Project aimed at treating stormwater before it reaches Ebey Slough is similar to Third Street work.

Studded tire seasons starts

Rain makers. Egg shakers. Asphalt eaters. Whatever you might call them, studded tires are allowed starting Wednesday. State law allows drivers to use studded tires… Continue reading

Signs, signs — but not everywhere

County looking to install signs to help visitors navigate aviation attractions

Litter meets its match

Clean Sweep Litter pilot program will pick back up in spring

Rules of the road for ‘extra-fast pedestrians’ — skateboarders

State traffic law defines them as pedestrians, and yet they are often in the middle of the street.

Lake Stevens’ Callow Road to be closed for two months for repairs

Callow Road is scheduled to close for two months, starting Monday, for sewer and sidewalk upgrades. A nearly one-mile stretch of the… Continue reading

Lane changes near Marysville Winco plan for future growth

Street Smarts reader Julie Hanner wonders about changes for drivers exiting the Winco shopping complex onto eastbound 116th Street in Marysville. The new intersection configuration… Continue reading

Old habits don’t stop when stop sign comes down

Bunk Foss Road at U.S. 2 off-ramp near Highway 9 gets safety upgrade, but safety concerns remain.

Paving of I-5 south through Marysville on hold due to rain

Northbound I-5 lanes in Marysville got a new layer of asphalt, but rainy weather means the southbound lanes will have to wait until next year.… Continue reading

Plan for backups: Highway 529 bridge is getting a paint job

Lane closure times aim to prevent heavy jams as crews work to extend the life of the structure.

These left-turn signals send you into someone’s driveway

The ones on southbound 35th Avenue SE in the Silver Lake area aren’t unique, but they’re rare.

Tree trimming on Highway 104 out of Edmonds might cause delays

Drivers heading on Highway 104 out of Edmonds might experience delays Saturday while state transportation crews trim trees. A lane and a ramp… Continue reading

Bicycles are allowed on the interstate — but not everywhere

I’ve seen intrepid commuters pedaling their way over the flats on Highway 529 between Everett and Marysville. I’ve even given a thumbs up to the… Continue reading

Extra traffic signal head is a backup, not a mistake

Street Smarts reader Patty Freeburg, of Snohomish, drives through Everett and wrote in with this question: “After more than a year of construction, why are… Continue reading

Fall ferry schedules, fares here

Fall schedules for Washington State Ferries start Sunday, Oct. 1, along with the first wave of new fare hikes. The fare for a standard-sized vehicle… Continue reading

Weary drivers using toll lanes say they have little choice

Congestion continues to be a tedious reality for commuters on I-405, which is as clogged as ever.

Edmonds to add bike lanes in two areas

Crews will begin the first phase of work Thursday and Friday, weather permitting.

Hurry! Target will take your old car seat, but not for long

The seats will be taken apart and the various materials recycled.