Paine Field passenger terminal Oct. 2018

A look from inside the new passenger terminal at Paine Field in Snohomish County. Construction was nearly finished Oct. 16 when Snohomish County Councilman Nate Nehring snapped this shot. Commercial air service at Paine Field might begin in early 2019, pending the FAA report.

Paine Field terminal nears completion

The final touches are being put on the new passenger terminal at Paine Field in Everett.

Three airlines — Alaska, United and Southwest — are expected to serve Everett with 24 daily passenger flights to 10 cities. Destinations include Las Vegas, San Francisco, Portland, and several cities in southern California.

It will open to the public after an FAA study, likely in early 2019.

Everett-based Propeller Airports will manage the terminal that is expected to see 600,000 to 700,000 passengers each year. About 45 million funnel through Sea-Tac Airport annually.

The $40 million terminal also generated about 300 new jobs and features more than 1,000 parking spaces.

I-5 lane closures east of Stanwood

Washington State Department of Transportation contractor crews are replacing concrete panels in the roadway of Interstate 5 near Conway, as part of the Stillaguamish to Hill Ditch paving project in Snohomish County. One lane of southbound I-5 just south of Starbird Road will be closed around-the-clock from 7:30 p.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Friday through Friday, Nov. 16.

Use app to report Island Co. road conditions

Island County has a web application (see to help residents report a need for services — such as downed trees, potholes or abandoned vehicles — along county roads, trails and in parks. The app can be used on GPS-enabled smartphones to pinpoint the exact area of concern via an automatic email. To inquire, contact Spencer Keane, Traffic Engineer, or 360-679-7331.

DUI panel for Island County drivers

Island County drivers who have received a citation for DUI, minor in possession and negligent or reckless driving are required to attend a DUI/Underage Drinking Prevention Panel. The next North Whidbey panels begins promptly at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, or 12:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, in the Oak Harbor Library meeting room, 1000 SE Regatta Drive, Oak Harbor. To inquire: 360-672-8219 or

SR 99 Burlington overpass reconstruction update

• The new bridge for the Old Highway 99 Burlington Northern Overpass Project is nearly ready to open.

Skagit County contractor crews paved the bridge Oct. 25. After work on the pedestrian barriers and sidewalk is finished, the county plans to open the new bridge by Thanksgiving. Until then, the detour for this project remains Cook Road to I-5 to Bow Hill Road.

Road to Artist Point closes for season

The seasonal gate to Artist Point off State Route 542/Mount Baker Highway closed Oct. 28 to vehicle traffic due to snow and unsafe conditions. The highway, nearly a mile high in this location, was open for 130 days this year, the second longest season on record. In 2014 it was open for 115 days and in 2015 for 171 days. Washington State Department of Transportation notes that travelers can still access the area on foot, with snowshoes or fat-tire bicycles from the closure point at milepost 54.7 near the Bagley Lakes Trailhead. Vehicle access will not reopen until 2019.

Road clean up success for SnoCo Litter Wranglers

Milestones and mile markers piled up like bags of trash for the Snohomish County Litter Wranglers before their season ended in October. The litter-gathering crew collected more than 5,000 bags this year, exceeding last year’s total by 500 or more bags, and cleaned some 550 road miles — about 100 more than in 2017 — in six months.

“That is more than one third of our 1,600 road miles that we maintain,” Snohomish County Public Works Director Steve Thomsen said.

The Litter Wranglers will return to Snohomish County roads in 2019.

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers said the Litter Wranglers program “has become yet another excellent example of how Snohomish County can be innovative and solve problems.”

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SR 99 tunnel toll rates

Toll rates for the State Route 99 tunnel under downtown Seattle were approved in October. Drivers will not be charged tolls when the tunnel first opens in early 2019, and the start date for tolling has yet to be determined.

Washington State Transportation Commission adopted toll rates after considering 1,900 written public comments in a five-month process. They will range from $1 to $2.25 for drivers with a Good To Go! pass, depending on time of day. Drivers without a pass will pay an extra $2 per toll. Toll rates will also be higher for vehicles with more than two axles.

On weekdays, tolls with the pass will be $1.50 during the morning peak commute (7-9 a.m.), $2.25 during the evening peak commute (3-6 p.m.), $1.25 during nonpeak hours between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., and $1 overnight (11 p.m. to 6 a.m.) and weekends.

Toll rates will increase by 3 percent every three years beginning in July 2022, subject to annual review by the Transportation Commission.

Public transit, emergency responders, highway maintenance vehicles, school buses and qualified private buses, which serve the public or commuters, will have consistent exemptions.

State law requires that SR 99 tunnel tolls be used to repay $200 million borrowed to build the tunnel, as well as related debt service costs, and ongoing operations, maintenance and safety costs.

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