City issues Mitigated Determination of Non-significance for Poplar Way Extension Bridge project

great dealThe City of Lynnwood has issued a Mitigated Determination of Non-significance (MDNS) for the Poplar Way Extension Bridge project.

The project involves construction of a vehicle bridge across Interstate 5 between 33rd Avenue W. and Poplar Way and intersects 196th Street SW., across I-5 with approach work on Alderwood Mall Boulevard and 196th Street SW.

A determination of nonsignificance is issued if there will be no probable significant adverse environmental impacts from a proposal.

The project will involve constructing a four-lane roadway with turn lanes, sidewalk, curb and gutter and pedestrian and bicycle improvements. Supporting approach work will also be done on Alderwood Mall Boulevard and 196th Street SW. A concrete box will be provided on a portion of the Interurban Trail. There will be approximately 6,130 cubic yards of cut and 21,168 cubic yards of fill.

Impacts from construction of the bridge will include purchase of specified land from adjacent property owners and traffic impacts. Property owners will be compensated by reimbursement from the City based on fair market value. Increased traffic will be realized at the Alderwood Mall Boulevard/33rd Ave. W. and the Poplar Way/196th St. SW. intersections.

The City said that providing an additional crossing of I-5 will have multiple beneficial effects to the City Center roadway system and the I-5/196th Street Interchange. The increased crossing capacity will help redistribute traffic and alleviate congestion on the nearby existing I-5 crossings, the 196th Street overcrossing and the Alderwood Mall Parkway overcrossing. It will also help redistribute traffic to more underutilized streets and help to maintain the efficiency of the City Center streets.

By alleviating congestion on the 196th Street overcrossing, the project will also help improve safety and operations at the I-5/196th Street Interchange. Inclusion of dedicated turn lanes and coordinated traffic signals will maximize traffic flow efficiency through the new Poplar Way corridor, according to the City.

The public comment period closes July 8. Submit comments to the Lynnwood Community Development Department, 4114 198th St. SW, Suite 7, P.O. Box 5008, Lynnwood, WA 98046-5008.

The project file is available for public review in the Community Development Department at 4114 198th St. SW., Suite 7, Lynnwood, on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information contact Gloria Rivera, Senior Planner, 425-670-5409 or

Parties may appeal this determination by submitting an appeal to the Community Development Department at 4114 198th St SW, Suite 7, PO Box 5008, Lynnwood, WA 98046. There is a 14-day appeal period. An appeal may be submitted no later than 4 p.m. on July 22. The fee for an appeal is as set forth in LMC 3.104. Appeals must be in writing and must contain specific factual objections. Appeals should be sent to the Lynnwood City Council, 19100 44th Ave, W., P.O. Box 5008, Lynnwood, WA 98046-5008.

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