The City of Lynnwood Public Works Department improved the pedestrian crossings in the area of the I-5/196th Interchange. Construction completed September 2010.
The prior sidewalks on the 196th Street SW bridge were substandard. Pedestrians using the bridge for access to either side of I-5 crossed an extremely busy freeway off-ramp. The new improvements provide a separated pedestrian walkway across the interchange. The sidewalk on the south side of the existing 196th bridge has been removed. The sidewalk on the north side was widened, and the street lanes were narrowed slightly. A short bridge across the existing southbound freeway off-ramp was also included in the project.
The Federal Economic Stimilus Program scored 100 out of 100 points for this “bid and shovel-ready” $4.5 million project to make it the #1 rated project in Snohomish County. Lynnwood requested $1.25 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act federal stimulus monies to help construct this project.
On Thursday, March 12, 2009, Puget Sound Regional Council, made a final allocation of $1.25 million to this project.
On May 26, 2009, the bid was awarded and the final financial plan was formally adopted. Construction began August 2009 and completed September 2010.
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• The City intends to create consistent design features for the Parks Master Plan, the Street Master Plan, the 44th Ave W Bridge, and the I-5/196th Pedestrian Improvements.
Public Works Project Manager