Cold weather leaves potholed roads in its wake

Alderwood Mall Parkway at Ash Way

Your drive around Lynnwood has been a bit bumpier over the past couple of months.

This winter’s cold and ice is taking a toll on area roads, and city leaders are trying to find the money to fix them.

Some streets were hit especially hard – such as Alderwood Mall Parkway and 184th Street SW. Both streets have severe potholing and rutted pavement, with possibly more damage beneath the surface. (Potholes are formed when moisture seeps into the pavement, freezes and then expands.)

Public Works officials figure it could cost up to a million dollars to repave just those two roads.  They’re working with the finance department to come up with the funding within the existing budget. There could also be money leftover from previous road projects. It’s still too early to know how much money is available.

The limited funding will affect how much of the damage they’re able to repair. If the bids come in high, they would fix only the worst of the worst. That usually means repaving just the outside lanes, which are the heaviest traveled.

Because of layoffs, the Public Works Department doesn’t have the staff to do the engineering work in-house. Rather than hiring an outside consultant, they plan to temporarily rehire a retired city project manager to get the work done.

Officials will bring a financing plan to the City Council in the coming weeks.

  1. I have been living in Lynnwood since I moved to WA, 6yrs now.  I really love this place.  It’s a perfect halfway point to everywhere!  I would be willing to pay in some way to get our streets fixed.  I’m not a homeowner, so I can’t vouch for taxes.  I am a resident and I do love my Lynnwood!

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