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Wed Aug 10, 2022, 02:24 PM

Lynnwood's Poplar Way bridge over I-5 gets $25M federal boost

LYNNWOOD — A long-sought project to build six lanes crossing I-5 and connecting major retail centers in Lynnwood is getting a $25 million federal infusion.

U.S. Reps. Suzan DelBene and Rick Larsen announced the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded grant funding for the city’s Poplar Way bridge extension Tuesday. Both Democratic representatives supported the project, estimated to cost nearly $50 million, in a letter to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

The bridge would link 196th Street SW (which also is Highway 524) and Poplar Way across I-5 with Alderwood Mall Boulevard. That would let northbound drivers skirt the circuitous route to Alderwood Mall and other destinations along 33rd Avenue W. Its northern end will also get people closer to the light rail station near the mall planned with the Everett Link extension in 2037.

“This critical infrastructure project will foster economic growth and revitalization, as well as relieve congestion, improve public safety, increase transportation equity, and create important community connections,” Lynnwood Mayor Christine Frizzell said in a statement.


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