Local officials, pedestrians and bicyclists celebrate 44th overpass opening

Earlier this week local officials, bicyclists and pedestrians cut the ribbon on the new 44th Avenue overpass and crossed it for the first time. The bridge is now open after seven months of construction. The new bridge completes the missing link in Lynnwood’s portion of the Interurban Trail. It parallels I-5 and provides a safe…

Part of I-5 off-ramp to 196th closed tonight and tomorrow night

Part of the southbound I-5 off-ramp to 196th Street SW will be closed tonight and tomorrow night for roadwork. WSDOT crews will close the ramp from southbound I-5 to westbound 196th Street SW at 9 p.m. and reopen it by 5 a.m. Drivers will take the off-ramp to eastbound 196th Street SW and follow a…

Hundreds of cell phone tickets dismissed in Lynnwood

Hundreds of cell phone tickets are being dismissed in Lynnwood after all. Last week the Department of Licensing released a list of jurisdictions not affected by a mistake that nullifies thousands of distracted driving citations statewide. Lynnwood was erroneously put on that list. Lynnwood Municipal Court Administrator Jill O’Cain says the city has 966 cases…

Do red light cameras improve safety?

KING 5 took an in-depth look at red light photo enforcement cameras on its show “Up Front.” Much of the focus was on Lynnnwood”s system, and whether or not they really improve safety. Reporter Robert Mak interviewed Lynnwood City Council President Ted Hikel, who said the primary goal of red light cameras is to make…

Opening date set for new Interurban Trail Bridge

The date has been set for the grand opening of the new 44th Avenue and Interurban Trail Bridge. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 4 at the Courtyard Marriott parking lot. The new bridge is expected to improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists. It completes a missing link…

Speed patrols begin in Snohomish County

During the next two weeks, extra officers in Lynnwood and throughout Snohomish County will be on the lookout for speeders. Funded by a state grant, police will be working overtime on county and city roads through Aug. 1 in an effort to reduce speed-related crashes. “Almost half of the Snohomish County speed-related crashes occur on…

Major I-5 fix in Lynnwood one step closer to reality

Two weeks ago we told you about a project coming to Lynnwood that will help ease congestion on southbound I-5 between I-405 and 196th Street.  Today WSDOT awarded the contract for that project to Northwest Construction, Inc. for $18.7 million. Work will begin this summer. “The new ramps will separate traffic entering the freeway from…

Extra DUI patrols now through the Fourth of July

Police in Lynnwood and throughout Snohomish County will be working overtime through July 5 as more drivers hit the road for the holiday. Paid for by a state grant, officers will be working together in multi-jurisdictional and highly visible patrol areas shown to have a high collision rate. “We have not had an alcohol or…

Lynnwood City Council will discuss red light cameras tonight

A discussion about Lynnwood’s red light and school zone photo enforcement system is on the agenda for tonight’s City Council meeting. Lynnwood police officials will brief the Council on the program. Council members also will decide on a change to the ordinance that would require school zone camera signs to include messages that indicate the…

School zone cameras are overwhelming Lynnwood’s court

A lot of people are fighting the speeding tickets they receive from the school zone camera system, which was  installed last fall. According to a memo from the police department  to the City Council, the workload for the city court staff has almost doubled. “Phone calls, mail and counter contacts have inundated staff,” the memo…

School zone cameras are overwhelming Lynnwood's court

A lot of people are fighting the speeding tickets they receive from the school zone camera system, which was  installed last fall. According to a memo from the police department  to the City Council, the workload for the city court staff has almost doubled. “Phone calls, mail and counter contacts have inundated staff,” the memo…

‘Braided ramp’ to relieve congestion on southbound I-5 near 196th

The state Department of Transportation hopes to alleviate congestion problems in one of Lynnwood’s most problematic traffic areas. Crews will begin construction in July of a “braided ramp” – a new on-ramp from I-405 and SR 525 elevated above a new off-ramp to 196th Street Southwest. The new ramps  will eliminate lane-weaving and will help…

Community Transit suspends Sunday service starting tomorrow

Tomorrow will be the first Sunday that Community Transit buses won’t be running. The agency suspended all Sunday and holiday service to save $16 million over two years as it tries to recover from lower sales tax revenue brought on by the recession. “This is a service suspension and we are working hard to get…

No grace period in Lynnwood for new cell phone law

The new law that makes driving while talking on a cell phone a primary violation took effect yesterday, and Lynnwood police are already looking for violators. “The Lynnwood Police Department will not have a grace period for the new hands-free law that has been highly publicized for months now. This law has been a secondary violation for…

Work begins to relieve a common backup on 164th Street off-ramp

WSDOT is making changes that will hopefully ease some of the frequent backups on the 164th Street SW off-ramp from southbound I-5. Crews will be modifying the ramp to allow right turns from the center lane. Right now drivers can only turn right from the far right lane, which often leads to congestion on the…

Community Transit fare increase begins today

Fares on Community Transit buses went up 25-cents as of today. The new fares are: Local bus – Adults $1.75, youth $1.25, seniors/disabled/Medicare 75-cents Dial-Ride Transportation (DART) paratransit – $1.75 all ages Commuter bus – no change Vanpool – no change, fares are based on mileage and size of the vehicle. Community Transit is encouraging…

Witnesses to last night’s accident say asphalt truck’s brakes failed

Witnesses to last night’s accident involving an asphalt truck are filling in the details. It appears the truck driver knew his brakes were failing and tried to warn other drivers. The following accounts were posted in our comments section. As a witness to the event I feel pretty confident noting that the dump truck driver…

Witnesses to last night's accident say asphalt truck's brakes failed

Witnesses to last night’s accident involving an asphalt truck are filling in the details. It appears the truck driver knew his brakes were failing and tried to warn other drivers. The following accounts were posted in our comments section. As a witness to the event I feel pretty confident noting that the dump truck driver…

Dump truck overturns on Highway 99

Traffic was tied up for much of the afternoon after a dump truck carrying a load of asphalt crashed and overturned on Highway 99 at 168th Street SW. All northbound lanes were closed from about 4 – 5:30 p.m. while crews from the Lynnwood Police and Fire Departments cleaned up the mess. A pick-up truck…

Be the first to cross the new 44th Avenue overpass

The city of Lynnwood is holding a contest for the first group of walkers and bicyclists to cross the new 44th Avenue West pedestrian overpass. The bridge, which completes a missing link in the Interurban Trail, is set to open this summer. If you’re interested in entering the contest and taking part in the ribbon-cutting…

Bike to Work Day is May 21

If you’ve ever wanted to try bicycle commuting, Friday is a good day to start. Community Transit is sponsoring Snohomish County Bike to Work Day on May 21. Celebration stations will be set-up throughout the County (including the Lynnwood Transit Center) to help bicyclists with their two-wheeled commutes. Each station will have fresh scones from…

Reminder: 44th Avenue West near I-5 closed nightly this week

Don’t forget to add some extra travel time into any late night trips this week. Both directions of 44th Avenue West and the on-ramp to southbound I-5 will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. tonight through Thursday nights. If you’re in the area, you’ll need to follow the detour on 204th Street SW,…

Making it easier for bikes and walkers to get around Lynnwood

As you’ve probably noticed, two major projects are under way that will make it safer and easier for pedestrians and bicyclists to get around Lynnwood. 44th Avenue West At 44th Avenue West near I-5, crews are building a pedestrian overpass that will span 44th Avenue West and the southbound I-5 on-ramp. They’ll also complete Lynnwood’s…

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Now that the weather is getting nicer you can expect to see more motorcyclists on the road. Motorcyclist fatalities have steadily increased during the past decade. That’s why the Snohomish County DUI and Target Zero Traffic Safety Task Force joined with federal, state and local highway safety, law enforcement, and motorcycle organizations in proclaiming May…

Southbound I-5 off-ramp closed tonight

Work on the new pedestrian overpass at 196th Street SW will require a freeway ramp closure tonight. The ramp from southbound I-5 to westbound 196th Street SW will be closed from 9 p.m. today to 5 a.m tomorrow. A detour will take drivers on eastbound 196th Street SW, Alderwood Mall Parkway and Poplar Way to…