Street Smarts

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?

 

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.

 

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.

Mayor Cassie Franklin pushes off her first ride Friday morning during a launch event for an e-scooter pilot program. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

My first Everett e-scooter ride: Not as daunting as I feared

A hundred rentable battery-powered scooters have begun dotting — and darting around — Everett streets.

Mayor Cassie Franklin pushes off her first ride Friday morning during a launch event for an e-scooter pilot program. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Resurfacing work starts on Snohomish County roads

Flaggers ahead: More than 83 miles will get a layer of chip seal and another 5.4 will be paved.

A new bike rack outside Karl’s Bakery and Cafe on Wetmore in downtown Everett. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Dust off those bicycles: May is Bike Everywhere Month

The annual event is a good time for people to give bike commuting a try.

A new bike rack outside Karl’s Bakery and Cafe on Wetmore in downtown Everett. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)
It wasn’t difficult for Lynnwood Police Department Sgt. Jason Valentine to find drivers holding cell phones during the city’s distracted driving campaign held earlier this month. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Distracted driving: ‘People are just sneakier about it’

It is the cause of 30 percent of all traffic deaths across the state, and the numbers keep rising.

It wasn’t difficult for Lynnwood Police Department Sgt. Jason Valentine to find drivers holding cell phones during the city’s distracted driving campaign held earlier this month. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Three US 2 repaving projects could bring lengthy delays

Summer brings the season of repaving and repairing. Here’s a list of WSDOT work for Snohomish County.

How tolerable is the transfer between Community Transit’s Swift Green and Blue lines? Not too bad for this rider. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Calculating the commute: Getting to Paine Field by bus

From The Daily Herald’s office in Everett it took me 45 minutes using Community Transit’s Swift lines.

How tolerable is the transfer between Community Transit’s Swift Green and Blue lines? Not too bad for this rider. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)
A Lynnwood traffic-enforcement camera. (Dan Bates / Herald file)

Lynnwood renews red-light-camera contract for five years

And a new traffic light near the Boeing plant prompts questions.

A Lynnwood traffic-enforcement camera. (Dan Bates / Herald file)