Drop in school zone speeders not as dramatic as study suggests

Earlier this week we reported on a study by American Traffic Solutions that claimed automatic school zone cameras are dramatically reducing the number of speeders. The study said there was an 86 percent decrease in the number of speed violations near Lynnwood Elementary when comparing the 2009-2010 school year to 2010-2011, and a nearly 78…

Automatic speed cameras are making school zones safer, company says

The company that provides Lynnwood’s red light and school zone speed cameras says the cameras are dramatically reducing the number of speeders. A new report by Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions says there was an 86 percent decrease in the number of speed violations near Lynnwood Elementary when comparing the 2009-2010 school year to 2010-2011, and…

Major freeway ramps in Lynnwood closed all weekend

You might want to plan for traffic backups in Lynnwood this weekend as two major freeway ramps are closed. WSDOT will be closing the ramp from SR 525 to southbound I-5 at 9 p.m. Friday and the ramp from I-405 to southbound I-5 at 11 p.m. Friday. Both ramps will remain closed until 5 a.m. Monday….

Sound Transit selects two 'most promising' options for north line

Sound Transit has identified what it calls the two “most promising” alternatives for extending mass transit between Northgate and the Lynnwood Transit Center. One is a light rail route that would follow I-5 to Lynnwood. The other is mostly elevated light rail route that would travel along Highway 99. The agency released a comparison of…

Sound Transit selects two ‘most promising’ options for north line

Sound Transit has identified what it calls the two “most promising” alternatives for extending mass transit between Northgate and the Lynnwood Transit Center. One is a light rail route that would follow I-5 to Lynnwood. The other is mostly elevated light rail route that would travel along Highway 99. The agency released a comparison of…

Extra DUI patrols now through Labor Day

Extra cops in Lynnwood and around Snohomish County will hit the streets this holiday weekend to look for drunk drivers. “Twenty-five lives have been lost in traffic crashes this year in Snohomish County,” said Tracy McMillan, Snohomish County’s DUI & Target Zero manager. “Many of these were caused by a driver who chose to speed…

Decision on Community Transit service cuts expected this week

Community Transit’s Board of Directors is expected to decide on Thursday which routes will be affected by service cuts. The agency is slashing 20 percent of service, or roughly 80,000 hours, due to a shortfall blamed on low sales tax revenue. That’s in addition to cuts made in 2010 that eliminated Sunday and holiday service….

Police say crash on 44th caused by box truck driver who ran a red light

Police now say Wednesday afternoon’s crash was caused by the driver of a box truck who ran a red light exiting northbound I-5 onto 44th. The truck hit a car and pickup truck, then rolled and landed on top of the car. The 33-year-old box truck driver was the only one hurt. He was taken…

No serious injuries after crash on 44th

Police are investigating a collision on 44th Avenue W. near I-5 that involved three vehicles, including a box truck. It happened just before 2 p.m. today. Not many details are available but we’re told the only person injured was the driver of the box truck. Fortunately his injuries are not life threatening. Judging by the…

Weekend construction at the Lynnwood Transit Center

Community Transit will be doing some work at the Lynnwood Transit Center for each of the next three weekends, including repairs and re-striping. The agency is warning that all cars need to be removed from designated areas by 9 p.m. each Friday.  Cars left in the work area after that time will be towed. Everything…

Improvements coming to 196th Street SW

The city of Lynnwood will receive $300,000 toward improvements on 196th Street SW, also known as State Route 524. The Puget Sound Regional Council provided the money for a project at 196th/Scriber Lake Road (near Big Lots.) The signal will be replaced and turn radius will be increased. Additional lanes will also be added between…

State Patrol: woman chasing ducks causes crash on I-5

The State Patrol says a well intentioned woman caused a crash that tangled traffic on I-5 around 7:15 last night. Troopers say the woman saw some ducks and ducklings on the side of southbound I-5 near 44th. She parked on the right shoulder, began chasing the ducks and tried to get cars to stop while…

Weigh in today on proposed transit cutbacks

Community Transit is cutting service by 20 percent by early next year. Nearly all riders will be affected. The agency is asking for public feedback on three proposed reduction scenarios. An open house will be held this afternoon, June 7, from 2 – 4 p.m. at Edmonds Community College, Snohomish Hall, Room 304. The first…

City leaders planning Lynnwood’s first roundabout

Some drivers love them, others hate them. But the city is planning to build its first roundabout. It’s part of a larger series of improvements being designed for a two mile stretch of 35th/36th Avenue W. between 179th Street SW and Highway 99 on the northern edge of Lynnwood. The city is teaming up with…

City leaders planning Lynnwood's first roundabout

Some drivers love them, others hate them. But the city is planning to build its first roundabout. It’s part of a larger series of improvements being designed for a two mile stretch of 35th/36th Avenue W. between 179th Street SW and Highway 99 on the northern edge of Lynnwood. The city is teaming up with…

A new bridge over I-5 at Poplar Way is in the works

A project to build a bridge over I-5 at Poplar Way is moving forward. The city council recently approved a plan to design a connection across the freeway between Poplar Way and 33rd Avenue West. Officials say it would greatly increase circulation on roads around Alderwood Mall and ease congestion in other parts of the…

DUI patrols in full force Memorial Day weekend

Nearly two dozen Snohomish County police officers — including some from Lynnwood P.D. — are working this Memorial Day weekend during special DUI emphasis patrols. With the long holiday weekend, as well as proms and graduations, police say they’ll have zero tolerance for underage drinking, driving under the influence, speeding or not wearing a seatbelt….

Sound Transit fares going up in June

Sound Transit has announced a fare increase for the ST Express buses that will take effect June 1. The agency says it’s the second in a two-phase process of simplifying its fare structure and responding to increased operating costs. All of King County will become one fare zone instead of three, so any trip in…

Car fire on I-5 leads to messy morning commute

A car fire on southbound I-5 near 164th led to long delays Thursday morning. The fire started just before 7 a.m. in the carpool lane. When crews arrived shortly after, they had to block another lane to extinguish the flames. It was cleared out by 7:30 a.m., but the backup stretched all the way to…

Wrong-way driver dies on I-5 off-ramp at 196th

A wrong-way driver was found dead on an I-5 off-ramp in Lynnwood last night. According to our news partners at the Seattle Times, the 68-year-old man may have died from a medical problem before his car drifted off the the ramp and stopped without hitting any other cars, Trooper Mark Francis said. Francis said the…

WSDOT kicks off construction season at Lynnwood ramp project

Yesterday the state Department of Transportation officially kicked off the 2011 construction season at one of its major projects in Lynnwood. Work is already under way on the “braided ramp” on southbound I-5 at 196th Street SW. The goal is to prevent accidents and backups by separating traffic on I-5 and the SR 525 off-ramp…

Community Transit cutting bus service even further

Last year Community Transit eliminated bus service on Sundays and holidays due to budget cuts. Now more deep cuts are planned for next year. The agency said Thursday that due to continued low sales tax revenue it will slash service by 20 percent in February 2012. “The recession has taken a large toll on public…

Double decker buses are back on the roads

Community Transit’s double decker buses have returned to Snohomish County. The first of 23 “Double Talls” rolled into service Thursday morning on route 413 from the Swamp Creek Park & Ride to downtown Seattle. The buses, which were paid for largely by to a federal stimulus grant, are replacing older 60-foot articulated buses. “The Double…

New tool lets you report road problems online

A new Web-based tool lets Lynnwood residents report Public Works problems online. The new Cartegraph system allows users to report a variety of issues including drinking water, sewer flow, storm drainage, street debris, potholes, traffic signals and roadway signing.  You can even use the system just to ask a question. The Public Works and Information…

Longview or Lynnwood? Red light camera tickets dismissed due to computer error

More than 300 drivers who received red light and speed camera tickets in Longview will catch a break because the tickets said the violations occurred in Lynnwood. Both cities contract with American Traffic Solutions, an Arizona-based company that provides the equipment and helps manage the system. A city of Longview spokesperson said the mistake was…