Monday, December 3, 2012

MILL CREEK- Traffic Congestion Around Schools

A good weekly column about local traffic is “Street Smarts” by Bill Sheets in The Herald. Readers send in problems and questions about neighborhood traffic issues and Mr. Sheets gets answers from local and state traffic agencies. It’s a good way to have an idea of how traffic engineers handle different traffic problems in the area.

In this morning’s column ( a reader expresses concern about the heavy traffic around Cedar Wood Elementary School (near the intersection of 168th Avenue SE and 31st Drive SE).

During the beginning of school and the closing of school, parents line up along the streets waiting to drop off or pick up their children. This causes quite a bit of congestion that caused the reader concern about safety and access for emergency vehicles.

The county Public Works has seen an increase in congestion during drop off and pick up times around several schools in the county, not just at Cedar Wood Elementary. This is no doubt due to the recent cutbacks in bus transportation local school districts have had to make due to budget constraints.

Snohomish County Public Works is responsible for maintaining the roads in unincorporated Snohomish County. The kinds of problems that Public Works needs to handle are often varied. They may include congestion, speeding, safety at intersections, potholes and many other issues.

For more information about county roads and ways to contact Public Works about county roads, go to:


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