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No earlier start for I-405 shoulder driving — at least, not yet

Street Smarts reader Dave Heinke, of Lake Stevens, writes: “I’m a daily driver on I-405 between Everett and Bellevue. The northbound lanes still consistently back… Continue reading

Section of Highway 526 to close overnight for paving

Ferry riders coming through the Mukilteo terminal may need to plan for overnight closures of Highway 526 this weekend. All lanes of westbound… Continue reading

Alternate ways for workers to get to Boeing’s Everett plant

Staggered start times were set to go away for many shift workers at Boeing’s Everett plant starting Monday. If you work there and are wondering… Continue reading

Ramps at I-5, Highway 104 to close overnight

The northbound I-5 ramps to and from Highway 104 are scheduled to close overnight this week so that crews can repair cracked… Continue reading

Drivers support toll option, but skeptical about effectiveness

Those who drive I-405 since carpool lanes were converted to toll lanes two years ago have grown to appreciate the option, new survey… Continue reading

Tips for making it through Labor Day travel

Heading out for last blast of summer holiday travel? Expect heavier congestion on I-90, especially westbound, for the Labor Day holiday. Bridge deck… Continue reading

No free right onto SR 9 — even when weigh station is shuttered

It is a titch annoying to have to stop for trucks that aren’t even there. Street Smarts reader Patricia Johnson, of Lake Stevens, wonders why… Continue reading

Future Mukilteo ferry takes shape

The Suquamish’s 1,110-ton superstructure, which took 18 months to construct at Jesse Engineering in Tacoma, arrived in Seattle on Aug. 17. The superstructure, which makes… Continue reading

Construction starts Monday on new Marysville water main

A $1.18 million project to build a new water main along 83rd Avenue NE begins Monday and is expected to last until early… Continue reading

Bothell leans European with its new multiway boulevard

Our fascination with European traffic imports continues. First it was roundabouts. Now it’s a multiway boulevard. Bothell is one of the first cities… Continue reading

Light rail stations in Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace get names

Sound Transit on July 27 adopted station names for light rail stops in Snohomish County: “Mountlake Terrace” (at the Mountlake Terrace Transit Center) and “Lynnwood… Continue reading

Mill Creek smooths sidewalks

Mill Creek Public Works contractor crews this summer smoothed out sidewalks that were buckling from tree roots. Crews from Precision Concrete Cutting ground down the… Continue reading

Travel tips if you want to drive down to see the eclipse

Planning to go see the total eclipse? Maybe leave the coffee at home, because those bathroom-break spots could be tough to reach. The Oregon Department… Continue reading

Washington State Road Trip Bingo

and survived to tell the tale. One thing we brought back… Continue reading

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