There have been 51 fatal car accidents on U.S. Route 2 since 1999 and 19 of those fatalities have been due to cross over crashes reports The Everett Herald Net. This past week a small truck crossed over the center line and hit a Snohomish County sheriff’s deputy patrol car, killing the truck driver and injuring the deputy and his passenger.
U.S. Route 2, also known as Stevens Pass Highway, is an important west-east link across the Cascade mountains. It travels from Everett, through Monroe, Sultan, Startup and Gold Bar before heading to Stevens Pass and Leavenworth.
The Washington State Legislature has allocated $10 million for safety improvements for U.S. 2. The work is scheduled for 2010 and will include new turn lanes and the closure of some intersections.
Governor Christine Gregoire designated US 2 as a “traffic safety corridor” which provided low-cost and short-term solutions to address the problem of fatal and disabling car accidents. Highway improvements already in place are 40 miles of rumble streets along the center line and shoulders between Monroe and Stevens pass. The rumble strips seem to have reduce car accidents.
Many people who live along Highway 2 and the people who travel it complain that the improvements to the highway are not coming fast enough. Most people believe the highway needs to be widened and anything less than that is a stop-gap measure.
The US 2 Safety coalition is working to raise awareness of the hazards on US 2 and working to solve the problems of gridlock, especially during holidays and weekend.
This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. Click here for more information regarding US 2. We represent car accident victims and their families.