Back-to-school traffic: Top 5 Snohomish County schools with the most congestion

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. — Students across Western Washington went back to school this week.

We’ve been showing you the top traffic backup zones to look out for.

Morning and afternoon traffic is fairly heavy around almost all schools, but in Snohomish County, there are busy roads like the Mukilteo Speedway, which is used by commuters to get to major employers in the area.

So mixing in back-to-school traffic makes it hard to navigate during the morning rush hour.

INRIX transportation analyst Bob Pishue, who attended Everett High School, is no stranger to North Sound traffic, especially around school zones.

He broke down the top five schools with the most traffic in Snohomish County.

“Harbour Pointe Middle School was number one, two: Jackson Elementary, three: North Creek High School, four: Crossroads High School, and fifth is Meadowdale elementary and middle school,” said Pishue.

Pishue said a lot of the traffic surrounding a school is also caused by the lack of routes to get there.

In some cases, there’s only one route to get to a school, and during the peak morning rush hour of 7a.m. to 9 a.m., there’s almost no way of avoiding traffic unless you leave extra early.