Lynnwood man killed in head-on crash

A 64-year-old man from Lynnwood was one of two people killed in a collision on Highway 9 in Arlington last night. It happened about 9 p.m. just north of the Stillaguamish River Bridge. A Chevy Cobalt driven by a 31-year-old man crossed the center lane and crashed head-on into James Arneson’s Cadillac. Medics rushed him…

Cold weather leaves potholed roads in its wake

Your drive around Lynnwood has been a bit bumpier over the past couple of months. This winter’s cold and ice is taking a toll on area roads, and city leaders are trying to find the money to fix them. Some streets were hit especially hard – such as Alderwood Mall Parkway and 184th Street SW….

Community Transit service cuts now in effect

Major cuts to Community Transit bus service went into effect Monday. Several routes have been eliminated and others serve different locations. Peak hour schedules (5:30-8:30 a.m. and 3:30-6 p.m.) will be mostly stay the same, but off-peak schedules will have fewer trips, particularly outside urban areas. On Saturdays, buses will run less frequently. The latest…

Community Transit CEO says proposed federal bill would further hurt local bus service

By Teresa Wippel, My Edmonds News A proposed federal transportation bill aimed at ending long-standing dedicated funding for the nation’s transit agencies would deliver yet another financial blow to transit service throughout the region  and could delay the extension of light rail service serving Edmonds, according to Puget Sound transit leaders. King County Metro Transit,…

Red light cameras staying put for now

The city’s controversial red light cameras won’t be going away anytime soon. Last week the City Council extended the contract with Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions (ATS) through this November. Last November council members extended the expiring contract until this February so an investigation into a few police department leaders’ questionable interactions with ATS was completed….

Ride along on a DUI emphasis patrol

Every holiday weekend we report on DUI emphasis patrols whose sole purpose is to remove impaired drivers from the road. Last weekend we got to see them in action. State Patrol Trooper Jeff Leonard is a member of the Target Zero team. The task force is made up of state, county and city police officers…

Another step in bringing light rail to Lynnwood

Sound Transit is continuing the process of expanding light rail from Northgate to Lynnwood. On Thursday the Board of Directors approved a 2012 budget that, among other things, calls for continued environmental studies for the North Corridor line along I-5. “This is a big step for thousands of commuters who travel between Snohomish and King…

Everett man killed in collision on SR 525 ramp

The State Patrol says prescription drugs may be a factor in a fatal collision Thursday night just north of Lynnwood. At about 5:10 p.m., a 40-year-old man from Everett lost control of his pick-up truck on the ramp from southbound SR 99 to southbound SR 525. “The vehicle made a sharp turn to the right,…

No new Community Transit service likely for at least six years

If you were hoping Community Transit would restore some of the service it cut in the last several months, you might be waiting awhile. The agency’s new six-year Transit Development Plan (TDP) predicts no new service will be added between 2012 and 2017. A new 20 percent service cut will take place in February 2012….

Tonight’s your chance to weigh in on Sound Transit expansion

This week Sound Transit is beginning the next step in the project to extend mass transit between Northgate and Lynnwood. The agency will host a public meeting Thursday night (Oct. 13) in Lynnwood to gather input on what should be studied while they prepare the environmental impact studies (EIS). The meeting is from 6 –…

Tonight's your chance to weigh in on Sound Transit expansion

This week Sound Transit is beginning the next step in the project to extend mass transit between Northgate and Lynnwood. The agency will host a public meeting Thursday night (Oct. 13) in Lynnwood to gather input on what should be studied while they prepare the environmental impact studies (EIS). The meeting is from 6 –…

Serious crash blocks southbound I-5 for hours

UPDATE: All lanes opened just before midnight. *** A serious collision is blocking southbound I-5 at 164th in north Lynnwood. The State Patrol got the first call at 6:22 p.m. Troopers say a Honda somehow lost control and ended up under the rear wheels of a semi trailer. The car was dragged about 600 feet….

Lynnwood’s freeway weave is now untangled

The infamous freeway weave on southbound I-5 in Lynnwood is no more. Sunday morning, the new ramp and tunnel to the 196th exits opened to traffic. It’s hoped the new ramp will eliminate last-minute lane weaving that was created when cars merged from I-405 and SR 525 to southbound I-5 and 196th. The new ramp…

Lynnwood's freeway weave is now untangled

The infamous freeway weave on southbound I-5 in Lynnwood is no more. Sunday morning, the new ramp and tunnel to the 196th exits opened to traffic. It’s hoped the new ramp will eliminate last-minute lane weaving that was created when cars merged from I-405 and SR 525 to southbound I-5 and 196th. The new ramp…

Video: A weekend of roadwork in 60 seconds

WSDOT just posted a time lapse video of last weekend’s construction project on I-5 at 196th. From the video description: It’s difficult to explain in words what we are doing up there. In short, we are separating the traffic that comes off and on at these busy interchanges between I-405 and 196th Street, Lynnwood’s big…

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…