Street Smarts

NOPEYEP, YEPNOPE: We love our personalized license plates

Street Smarts asked you to send in vanity plate finds, and readers did not disappoint.

The rules: You can’t put just anything on your vanity plate

The state keeps a “banned list” of character combinations that will automatically be denied.

Failing embankment on Marine Drive awaiting permanent fix

In the meantime, a 20 mph speed limit is in effect at the spot south of Norman Road.

New 116th interchange enters final phase

The Tulalip-led project will ease backups at the I-5 overpass.

R U testing RUC?

The state has started its pilot of pay-per-mile taxes.

Does daylight saving bring more traffic crashes?

Studies differ, but either way it’s good to be mindful of drowsy driving.

Ba-boom to ahhh … Trestle to be repaved this summer

The westbound span has shown significant wear and tear since it was last repaved in 2002.

Change clocks, check VIN

Speaking of the time change, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urges vehicle owners to use the occasion for a safety check-up. Check for recalls… Continue reading

Rules are rules: No additions to make it harder to break them

You just can’t cut straight across Highway 9’s four lanes onto South Lake Stevens Road.

Sticky solution for graffiti targets

Some people get confused by blank crosswalk buttons.

Jonathan Townsend paddles to the shore towing Kimberly Kaminski Wednesday afternoon at Silver Lake in Everett on July 12, 2017. (Kevin Clark / Herald file)

A sidewalk to Silver Lake is low on the to-do list

But other higher-need safety projects take priority.

Jonathan Townsend paddles to the shore towing Kimberly Kaminski Wednesday afternoon at Silver Lake in Everett on July 12, 2017. (Kevin Clark / Herald file)

Snowplows get rid of more than snow

Road reflectors sometimes disappear and won’t be replaced until summer.

Left something on a bus? How to get it back

Bicycles, phones, umbrellas, glasses and IDs are the most common items.

What to do when you get pulled over

Don’t forget to be considerate so officers will know you are not a threat to their safety.

Drive times improve when traffic lights talk to each other

A new system is in the works from Boeing to Bothell, Lynnwood, Mill Creek and Mountlake Terrace.

Old bridge design means $35K crane visit each time waters rise

Heavy rains have filled the Snohomish River and its tributaries to the point that cranes have had to park on the U.S. 2 trestle three… Continue reading

Rail car swap eases overcrowding on Sounder train

Sound Transit on Monday adds an additional passenger car on the 7:15 a.m. Sounder departure from Everett to Seattle to help relieve crowding. “The last… Continue reading

Shiny, filled cracks are a Band-Aid to extend a road’s life

Sealing pavement cracks is a cheap way to extend the useful life of a road used by many agencies tasked with road upkeep. The filled… Continue reading

Old cable barriers near Stanwood, Bothell to get upgraded

The Washington State Department of Transportation is upgrading all of its remaining three-rope median cable barriers in the region to four ropes. “This gives the… Continue reading

Everett replaces 3,500 signs to help reduce crashes

Baker Drive includes an odd little U-shaped access street that runs mostly parallel to Mukilteo Boulevard, the main drag through Everett’s Boulevard Bluffs neighborhood. It… Continue reading