A new bridge over I-5 at Poplar Way is in the works

The city prepared this conceptual drawing. The actual footprint of the bridge will be determined during the design. Click to enlarge.

A project to build a bridge over I-5 at Poplar Way is moving forward.

The city council recently approved a plan to design a connection across the freeway between Poplar Way and 33rd Avenue West. Officials say it would greatly increase circulation on roads around Alderwood Mall and ease congestion in other parts of the city, including on the bridge over I-5 at 196th Street SW.

The Poplar Way Extension Bridge project was identified as one of the highest priority local projects in the City Center Access Study. Almost all of the $4.3 million cost of design and right-of-way will be paid for by grants.

Construction of the bridge is expected to cost about $23 million. The city has a long list of potential funding sources, including additional grants, revenue from the new car tab fee, a possible Local Improvement District (LID) or local gas tax funds.

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  1. Such a good idea. This is something that will be very beneficial to everyone in Lynnwood who lives around the mall. Traffic will definitely get better on Alderwood Mall Parkway and 196th.

    1. I agree 455 this would be a great improvement to that area, especially in the afternoons when traffic is at its heaviest. 

  2. A long-needed link to the Alderwood Mall. This will off-load the choke point at 196th Street and 36th Ave.

    Do you know who is Lynnwood’s project planner for this?

      1. Thanks for the info.

        Note: I tried to email Mr. Victor at 8:15 AM today (June 1), but the mail was blocked by a spam blocker. In my experience, that is unusual for folks in the Lynnwood Public Works department. Most of them reply to emails from citizens with concerns.

        So I sent my note to PublicWorks@ci.lynnwood.wa.us in hopes it is forwarded to Mr. Victor.

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