Planning appears to be paying off for Lynnwood Chick-fil-A; traffic moving smoothly

There were no backups on 196th St. SW. as of 1:30 p.m., Thursday. (Photos by David Pan)
There were no backups on 196th St. SW. as of 1:30 p.m., Thursday. (Photos by David Pan)

It appears that planning is paying off for the new Lynnwood Chick-fil-A.

The restaurant, located at 3026 196th St. SW. near Lowe’s, opened for business on Thursday. Paul Rosser, the owner of the restaurant has hired off-duty police to direct traffic.

As of about 1:30 p.m., there were no backups on 196th Street SW or Alderwood Mall Parkway. The restaurant was doing a brisk drive-thru business with minimal backup in the parking lot. On-site parking also was available. The opening of the Bellevue and Tacoma Chick-fil-A restaurants in April also may have relieved some of the pressure.

To minimize traffic snarls, the City of Lynnwood, the Lynnwood Police Department, Lowe’s and Chick-fil-A joined together to develop a proactive traffic management plan. Traffic will be monitored continuously and the plan adjusted as needed with the full input and cooperation of all parties. A graphic of the traffic plan will be posted at: https://www.ci.lynnwood.wa.us/Assets/Departments/Public+Works/Traffic/Documents/Chick-fil-A+Traffic+Plan

Chick-fil-A's drive-thru was doing a brisk business during its grand opening on Thursday.
Chick-fil-A’s drive-thru was doing brisk business during the restaurant’s grand opening on Thursday.
Off-duty police were helping direct traffic to the new Lynnwood Chick-fil-A.
Off-duty police were helping direct traffic to the new Lynnwood Chick-fil-A.

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