Street Smarts

Highway projects wrapping up; some will carry over to 2020

Also: An update on Highway 99 tolling, and expect to see more electric buses in Everett.

 

At the Snohomish County Parking Garage in downtown Everett, electric vehicles can get a charge. It’s one of several public charging stations in the county. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

License fees rise for hybrid and electric cars in Washington

The $75 per vehicle funds new electric charging stations around the state — which hybrids don’t need.

 

Tamara Burks and her husband moved south to Lynnwood from Everett this week after finding an apartment within their budget, shaving off time in her long work commute to south Seattle. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Stuck in traffic: Super commuting of 3+ hours is on the rise

More than 13,500 Snohomish County residents, about 4% of the workforce, spend three hours commuting.

 

Major work is coming to 180th Street SE between Highway 527 and 23rd Ave SE near Mill Creek. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Work next spring will tie up 180th Street SE near Mill Creek

The project is one of many planned to keep up with one of the fastest-growing parts of Snohomish County.

Major work is coming to 180th Street SE between Highway 527 and 23rd Ave SE near Mill Creek. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

The nightly race to collect e-scooters in need of a charge

Juicers keep the battery powered vehicles moving on Everett’s streets.

A Street Smarts reader wants the city of Everett to install a right-turn signal at the intersection of 112th Street SE and 7th Avenue SE. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

A lengthy signal saga continues at an Everett intersection

After making a helpful suggestion, a driver has waited years for change at 112th Street SE and 7th Avenue.

A Street Smarts reader wants the city of Everett to install a right-turn signal at the intersection of 112th Street SE and 7th Avenue SE. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)
The installation of a roundabout at Highway 9 and 108th Street NE in north Marysville is one of four projects the State Department of Transportation has planned for Snohomish County this summer. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Roundabout finally coming to Highway 9 near Marysville

Back to back weekend closures of the highway — starting September 6 — is needed to complete the work.

The installation of a roundabout at Highway 9 and 108th Street NE in north Marysville is one of four projects the State Department of Transportation has planned for Snohomish County this summer. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)
In general, the state Department of Transportation prefers to install roundabouts versus other intersection types. (WSDOT)

How and why an intersection gets redesigned in Washington

The most common question submitted to Street Smarts: How do I get a roundabout installed?

In general, the state Department of Transportation prefers to install roundabouts versus other intersection types. (WSDOT)

As flashing lights appear, when must drivers pull over?

Tow trucks heading toward a scene should be given the right of way, just like emergency responders.

Most of the time Highway 526 flows smoothly, says the state Department of Transportation, but during Boeing shift releases congestion builds. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Lots at stake for commuters, neighbors with Highway 526 plan

The state aims to release a design for the corridor this fall, with work starting in 2021 or 2022.

Most of the time Highway 526 flows smoothly, says the state Department of Transportation, but during Boeing shift releases congestion builds. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

A quest to end queue jumping, especially on I-405 to Highway 522

Drivers use the maneuver to bypass a line of cars, waiting to merge until the last second.

The reversible express lanes I-5 most days flow toward Seattle during the morning commute and north in the evenings. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

A driver can dream: Can I-5 express lanes be more nimble?

And switch direction to adjust to current conditions rather than stick to a strict schedule.

The reversible express lanes I-5 most days flow toward Seattle during the morning commute and north in the evenings. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)
One possible vision of the future Mariner light rail station area. (Snohomish County)

County sees a dense, tall future near light rail stations

Buildings 10 stories or higher could tower over stops off I-5 at Ash Way and Mariner park and rides.

One possible vision of the future Mariner light rail station area. (Snohomish County)
Many cities and Snohomish County have rules where semi-trucks and RVs can be parked. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Can I park here, and for how long?

Rules of the road for parking oversized vehicles on city and county roads.

Many cities and Snohomish County have rules where semi-trucks and RVs can be parked. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

WSDOT: Travel patterns hard to predict for July 4th holiday

Busiest ferries times are expected the Fridays and Saturdays before and after the 4th, and July 3.

A truck parked on along 39th Avenue SE near Archbishop Murphy High School. Snohomish County prohibits parking along streets with double yellow lines if other vehicles have to cross over the center line too pass. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

No parking here: but that isn’t obvious to all

One reader says signs near Archbishop Murphy HS are needed to remind drivers parking is prohibited.

A truck parked on along 39th Avenue SE near Archbishop Murphy High School. Snohomish County prohibits parking along streets with double yellow lines if other vehicles have to cross over the center line too pass. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)
When dips appeared on Marsh Road where it curves between Seattle Hill Road and Highway 9 in April, one reader thought water was the culprit. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Was rainy weather creating dips in the road?

A reader was curious what caused the depressions to form. She thought water undermined the pavement.

When dips appeared on Marsh Road where it curves between Seattle Hill Road and Highway 9 in April, one reader thought water was the culprit. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)
Proposed design concepts for the I-405/Highway 522 interchange and the I-405/ Highway 527 interchange. (WSDOT)

Bonding toll revenue allows work on I-405 project to begin

The widening project between highways 522 and 527 is set to launch with bus rapid transit in 2024.

Proposed design concepts for the I-405/Highway 522 interchange and the I-405/ Highway 527 interchange. (WSDOT)

Holiday weekend travel was smooth(er than usual) for many

Memorial Day I-5 travel between Everett and Seattle was faster than a normal Monday rush hour commute.

US 2 blues: Stuck at a red light with somewhere to go

WSDOT explains the intricacies of programming traffic signals — and why there’s a 5-minute wait in Sultan.