Transportation

The Mountain Loop Highway between Darrington and Granite Falls remains closed beyond Barlow Pass. (Snohomish County)

Oops, Mountain Loop Highway only partly open

A miscommunication led Snohomish County to misstate how much of the road is open.

 

Lynnwood

Lynnwood’s car tab fee and utility tax on chopping block again

City Council members will talk about repealing them. If they do, the mayor is prepared to veto their actions.

 

Cars wait to turn onto Highway 9 from Bickford Avenue on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Roundabout coming to dangerous Bickford-Highway 9 intersection

WSDOT is building a roundabout at Bickford Avenue and Highway 9, where drivers are expected to enter at 15 mph.

 

WSDOT workers open up the Smokey Point Rest Area on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Free coffee will be back soon at Smokey Point rest areas

Everett’s Silver Lake rest area for southbound I-5 drivers remains closed while WSDOT works on the facility.

WSDOT workers open up the Smokey Point Rest Area on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Drivers heading north on Interstate 5 will take a detour from Highway 104 to 220th Street SW and back to I-5 this weekend during nightly lane closures for Sound Transit light rail work. (Sound Transit)

Light rail work closing I-5 North lanes nightly this weekend

Crews need to close northbound lanes between 220th Street SW and Highway 104. Drivers have two detour options.

Drivers heading north on Interstate 5 will take a detour from Highway 104 to 220th Street SW and back to I-5 this weekend during nightly lane closures for Sound Transit light rail work. (Sound Transit)
Cars drive through the intersection of Highway 9 and South Lake Stevens Road on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Highway 9 to close this weekend in south Lake Stevens

Detours take drivers around the closure between 20th Street SE and 32nd Street SE from Friday night to Monday morning.

Cars drive through the intersection of Highway 9 and South Lake Stevens Road on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Juan Luna, left, and Jeff Austin tune up bicycles to be donated Tuesday afternoon at Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop in Everett, Washington on May 10, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Afghanistan, Ukraine refugees get bikes, bus passes and rides

One nonprofit needs volunteers to repair 40 kids bikes for refugees. Another agency could use cash gift cards.

Juan Luna, left, and Jeff Austin tune up bicycles to be donated Tuesday afternoon at Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop in Everett, Washington on May 10, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Drivers head northbound on Evergreen Way through the Everett Mall Way intersection past a 35 mph speed limit sign on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Lower speed limits move forward on dangerous stretch of Highway 99

The Everett City Council approved a resolution to slow speeds on Evergreen and Everett Mall ways.

Drivers head northbound on Evergreen Way through the Everett Mall Way intersection past a 35 mph speed limit sign on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Southbound drivers on Interstate 5 will need a new route overnight through Mountlake Terrace this weekend and next weekend. (Sound Transit)

I-5 south to close for light rail work near Mountlake Terrace

This weekend and next weekend overnight travelers will need to find a new route.

Southbound drivers on Interstate 5 will need a new route overnight through Mountlake Terrace this weekend and next weekend. (Sound Transit)
Gas prices in the Seattle area have jumped recently, prompting some commuters to stop driving and take transit or bike and walk. (U.S. Energy Information Administration)

Bus ridership grows as gas prices soar

Employers calling staff back to in-person work also is a factor behind greater mass transit usage.

Gas prices in the Seattle area have jumped recently, prompting some commuters to stop driving and take transit or bike and walk. (U.S. Energy Information Administration)
Everett Public Works is developing pedestrian improvements between the Interurban Trail and Colby Avenue and crossing the road to Emma Yule Neighborhood Park. (Everett)

Everett council approves improvements for Interurban Trail

Biking and walking from the Interurban Trail to the Everett YMCA could get easier and more intuitive.

Everett Public Works is developing pedestrian improvements between the Interurban Trail and Colby Avenue and crossing the road to Emma Yule Neighborhood Park. (Everett)
Community Transit's proposed 2024 bus routes. (Community Transit)

Community Transit plan funnels bus services to light rail

“We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to remake bus service in our county,” Community Transit CEO Ric Ilgenfritz said.

Community Transit's proposed 2024 bus routes. (Community Transit)
Traffic moves along Filbert Drive next to pedestrians walking along a new section of the North Creek Regional Trail on Friday, April 29, 2022 in Bothell, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

North Creek Trail section near Bothell almost ready

Final paving is set this summer for the first phase of the 2.42-mile trail north of Centennial Park.

Traffic moves along Filbert Drive next to pedestrians walking along a new section of the North Creek Regional Trail on Friday, April 29, 2022 in Bothell, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Drivers head northbound on Evergreen Way through the Everett Mall Way intersection past a 35 mph speed limit sign on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

As pedestrian deaths mount, a plan to slow south Everett traffic

Evergreen and Everett Mall ways are among the most dangerous roads in the county. Lower speed limits could save lives.

Drivers head northbound on Evergreen Way through the Everett Mall Way intersection past a 35 mph speed limit sign on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The Everett City Council approved a contract for Bird electric scooters to be set up throughout the city as soon as May. (Bird) 20220428

Electric scooters set to return to Everett as soon as May

The Everett City Council approved a 12-month contract with Bird, a California company, to deploy 75 to 300 e-scooters.

The Everett City Council approved a contract for Bird electric scooters to be set up throughout the city as soon as May. (Bird) 20220428
The curb median keeps vehicles from the shoulder on the south side 20th Street SE (eastbound) in Lake Stevens, Washington on April 21, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Why does a curb keep cars away from bus stop in Lake Stevens?

Built in late 2020 and early 2021, the divider stops drivers from using the eastbound lane’s shoulder.

The curb median keeps vehicles from the shoulder on the south side 20th Street SE (eastbound) in Lake Stevens, Washington on April 21, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
The SW Everett Industrial Center Station area has four route alternatives and three station alternatives. (Sound Transit)

Elected leaders narrow options for Everett light rail stations, tracks

The Sound Transit group agreed to stop studying nine station alternatives, but disagreed over some preferred locations.

The SW Everett Industrial Center Station area has four route alternatives and three station alternatives. (Sound Transit)
Washington state senators and representatives along with Governor Inslee and FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez break ground at the Swift Orange Line on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Swift Orange line to link Edmonds, Mill Creek to Lynnwood rail

Construction kicked off Tuesday on the bus route, which will boost rapid service in south Snohomish County.

Washington state senators and representatives along with Governor Inslee and FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez break ground at the Swift Orange Line on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A man wearing a face mask walks toward the rear door of a Community Transit bus at the Everett Station on Friday, March 20, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Community Transit, Paine Field, ferries drop mask requirement

After a federal judge struck down the CDC’s mask mandate, agencies in Snohomish County are changing direction.

A man wearing a face mask walks toward the rear door of a Community Transit bus at the Everett Station on Friday, March 20, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The I-5, Highway 529 and the BNSF railroad bridges cross over Union Slough as the main roadways for north and southbound traffic between Everett and Marysville. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

I-5 HOV lane, Highway 529 interchange work to start this year

WSDOT awarded the $123.1 million project’s design-build contract to Guy F. Atkinson Construction.

The I-5, Highway 529 and the BNSF railroad bridges cross over Union Slough as the main roadways for north and southbound traffic between Everett and Marysville. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)