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April 26  |  By Melissa Slager Herald writer
Summer construction season is coming, and there are some updates on one of the key projects coming to Snohomish County.

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April 21  |  Herald staff
Karen Bell of Arlington writes: “I like the new roundabout at 84th and Highway 9, but I have seen many of the vehicles traveling much faster than 15 mph, especially those headed north/south on Highway 9. They may slow down to 30. Is the speed limit 15 in roundabouts? Why is that fact only signaled by a tiny, easily overlooked sign at least a...

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April 20  |  By Melissa Slager Herald writer
If you live in Lake Stevens, you probably won’t be surprised to find the city on a financial group’s Top 10 Worst Commutes in the region.Lake Stevens was No. 8 on the NerdWallet list, which primarily looked at commute times, but also factored in gas prices, insurance premiums, and the numbers of commuters who drive alone and who take transit.

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April 19  |  By Melissa Slager Herald writer
An amendment from state Rep. Mark Harmsworth, R-Mill Creek, that would have delayed a recent rule change on I-405 carpools has hit a dead end.

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April 17  |  By Melissa Slager Herald writer
In answering a reader’s question, Washington State Department of Transportation spokesman Tom Pearce shared how the state arrives at its speed limits. It’s interesting enough to share here, too:

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April 16  |  By Melissa Slager Herald writer
Liz Carrington of Mill Creek dreads the signal at Highway 9 and Lowell-Larimer Road (Broadway Avenue) in Snohomish.

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April 15  |  Herald staff
Shortly after the summer ferry schedule was released yesterday, the reservation system stopped working. Washington State Ferries can’t take summer reservations online or by phone until it sorts out the technical glitch.



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April 10  |  By Melissa Slager Herald writer
Changes are coming to a pedestrian crossing on busy 164th Street at I-5 in Lynnwood.The Washington State Department of Transportation plans to enlarge a traffic island there, reducing the number of lanes that feed the I-5 on-ramp from two to one.Currently, the far-right lane goes directly onto the on-ramp. The second lane, for high-occupancy vehicles, allows cars to travel straight on 164th Street or turn right for the on-ramp.

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April 9  |  By Melissa Slager Herald writer
Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will begin work the week of April 13 to improve traffic flow through Highway 99 and Airport Road in Everett, where more than 35,000 vehicles pass through on an average day.

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April 7  |  
Ferry users should plan for two weeks of reduced capacity on the Edmonds-Kingston route.

Through April 19, plan for 44 fewer vehicle spaces on approximately half of all sailings on the Edmonds-Kingston route. The temporary downsizing is needed while the 188-car Walla Walla normally assigned to this route is out of service for scheduled maintenance. During this time one Jumbo Class ferry, the Spokane, and one Super Class ferry, the Hyak, will serve the route. Customers are...

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April 6  |  By Melissa Slager Herald writer
Your bumper sticker reveals you An insurance company poll claims Northwest drivers are particularly in love with bumper stickers, with 1 in 4 of us using our vehicle as our own personal pep rally (or soapbox, as the case may be).Driving around Snohomish County, you will see a lot of 12th Fan shout-outs.Others like to cheer their college alma maters, or the colleges they’re now sending checks to for their kids.Certainly there are plenty of political rants to go around.

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April 2  |  By Melissa Slager Herald writer
Work is underway in Lynnwood to close the gap on 204th Street SW, providing another direct route to Edmonds Community College by the time fall classes start up.

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April 1  |  
The transit agencies that participate in the ORCA smart card fare system — including Community Transit, Everett Transit and Sound Transit — are propose a new Regional Day Pass program, geared primarily at tourists. Public input is requested.

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March 31  |  By Melissa Slager Herald writer
My colleague Bill Pedigo commutes on I-5 from Stanwood to Everett and was curious about differences in two middle lanes that were re-paved with different results.

The northbound section is from the Smokey Point rest area to the Island Crossing exit. The southbound section starts near the 116th Street NE overpass and ends just before 88th Street NE.

"On my way to work, I move to that southbound lane. It's as smooth as a new baby's butt, and the road noise...

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March 30  |  By Melissa Slager Herald writer
It’s the same question — and the same answer.Sue Grigsby of Lake Stevens commutes to a job at Everett Community College and wonders if it’s finally time to offer a protected left turn from southbound Broadway onto eastbound 16th Street.“Several years ago I stopped trying to make that left turn most of the time because there was simply too much oncoming traffic and no protected left turns,” Grigsby said.

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March 27  |  By Melissa Slager Herald writer
Cameras will capture images of cars using the future express toll lanes on I-405 between Lynnwood and Bellevue in order to send the bills.But a reader wondered if the cameras also could be used to enforce carpool lane violators, a pet peeve.The short answer is no.

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March 25  |  
You’ll need to buy a Good To Go Flex Pass if you intend to use the new express toll lanes on I-405 between Lynnwood and Bellevue, expected to open this fall.The new pass is required even if you already have an existing Good To Go pass.The Flex Pass has two modes: a high-occupancy vehicle setting for carpools and vanpools, and a toll setting for single drivers or two-person carpools.

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March 20  |  By Melissa Slager Herald writer
How bad is congestion? It’s so bad, even the Washington State Patrol is taking up the issue — complete with its catch-phrases and acronyms that stretch the limits of the English language.If you can remember “Steer it, Clear it” and “Know Ways to Go,” then you’ll have a handle on the key goals of Operation RODE (if not its meaning, which is “reduce our drive time every day”).

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March 19  |  By Melissa Slager Herald writer
Bus rider Cynthia Wheaton often uses the stop at 34th Street and Broadway in Everett. Crossing Broadway to use the bus stop, however, can be stressful.

"I wear a bright yellow jacket for visibility and carefully wait for a big gap in traffic both ways, but I have been nearly hit several times," she writes.

Perhaps the city could install a mid-block crosswalk? "I have seen stop lights that can only be activated by pedestrians on Broadway in...

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March 18  |  By Melissa Slager Herald writer
Want to volunteer to keep local streets spiffy? Awhile back, we had a story about Adopt-a-Highway volunteer opportunities. Many cities and towns have their own Adopt-a-Street programs as well.Edmonds (beginning phases): Kody McConnell at 425-771-0235 ext. 1635 or kody.mcconnell@edmondswa.gov.

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March 16  |  By Melissa Slager Herald writer
We're taking a detour today.

An avid Street Smarts reader called me one day wondering about his Everett neighbor's propensity to decorate with street signs of various sorts. Is that even legal?

(And what would we call that? Cabby chic? Mid-intersection modern?)

Anyway, to answer Bill Selia's question, I turned to Everett spokeswoman Meghan Pembroke, who pointed to RCW 46.61.075,...

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March 15  |  By Melissa Slager Herald writer
All right, Street Smarts readers. I need your help. An insurance company poll claims Northwest drivers are particularly in love with bumper stickers, with 1 in 4 of us using our vehicle as our own personal pep rally (or soapbox, as the case may be).So in preparation for a separate blog entry on this topic, I’m looking for some Snohomish County examples.Send me:

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March 9  |  By Melissa Slager Herald writer
Julie Hanner from Marysville asks: “Are there any plans in the works for a traffic light in Marysville at Highway 9 and 108th? Four people were killed at that intersection a few years back. It is really hard to enter a 55 mph highway from a complete stop and pick up speed before the oncoming traffic catches up to you.”

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March 5  |  By Melissa Slager Herald writer
Here’s one of those problem areas that just keeps coming up, year after year.Rick Ogden lives just off of Filbert Road, known better on transportation documents as Highway 524.

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March 4  |  By Melissa Slager Herald writer
Susan Kramer of Everett writes: “Everett has installed some pedestrian (walk/don’t walk) signal lights that have countdown timers. Some of these timers are coordinated with the traffic lights such that when the timer reaches zero the light turns yellow and shortly thereafter red. For others, when the timer reaches zero the light remains green for a time before turning yellow and then red. ... Is there some philosophy/rule that is followed for the location of the pedestrian lights with...

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March 3  |  By Melissa Slager Herald writer
This blog post has been updated since its first publication to clarify when it is legal and illegal to have HID headlights.



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March 2  |  By Melissa Slager Herald writer
“A traffic nightmare.” That’s how Greg Miner of Tulalip — and many of his fellow commuters — describe the traffic on 116th Street at I-5.“The left-turn lanes are short, holding only a few cars. Cars waiting to access I-5 often have to sit in the through lanes, thus blocking traffic,” he wrote. “Any relief in sight?”Your timing is impeccable, Greg.Relief is finally on its way to 116th Street as the Tulalip Tribes takes bids on a $25 million project to rebuild the bridge over I-5.

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March 1  |  By Melissa Slager Herald writer
Street Smarts reader Palmer Edwards, of Snohomish, recently wrote asking why the state doesn’t require drivers to keep their headlights on at all times.“It’s a no-brainer and does not cost anything,” Edwards said.Turns out some Snohomish High School teens are pushing for just that.

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February 27  |  By Melissa Slager Herald writer
We recently shared the struggle of eco-conscious families to recycle expired car seats.If you were thinking, like me, of repurposing your seat into a play thing of some kind with your kids rather than pitching it in the landfill, you might want to reconsider.

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February 26  |  By Melissa Slager Herald writer
Street Smarts reader Kathy Moon notes there’s been a change to the reader board at the I-5 and I-405 interchange, which now gives the estimated travel time to Southcenter instead of Seattle. “Do you know why the change was made?”The ever-helpful Mike Allende, who works for the state Department of Transportation, shares the answer.

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