Rep. Larsen tours future Lynnwood infrastructure project sites


LYNNWOOD, washing. – Representative Rick Larsen (WA-02) accompanied Mayor Christine Frizzell, Public Works Director William A. Franz and Department of Development and Business Services Director David Kleitsch on Wednesday, January 26 at four current and future infrastructure projects in the city Lynnwood identified could benefit from investments in the Investments and Jobs Act.

The bipartisan infrastructure bill, passed late last year, will provide $550 billion in new spending on the nation’s infrastructure over the next five years, including several long-term investments in Washington that Lynnwood is investing in for the development of its downtown Poplar Way Bridge want to secure station and city square park and sewage treatment plant.

“I am grateful to Rep. Larsen for coming and seeing firsthand the projects we are asking the federal government for help with. I look forward to showing him how we’re growing and what our unique needs are as we grow,” Mayor Frizzell told the Lynnwood Times.

poplar path

The first stop on Larsen’s tour was the site of the future Poplar Way Bridge, a thoroughfare bridge that will cross Interstate 5 and downtown Lynnwood along 196th St SW, around Alderwood Mall to 33rd Avenue West. The city has already received $3,209,000 in federal and state grants for project planning and $3,050,000 in federal grants for the right-of-way phase. The total cost of the project is around 35 to 45 million, leaving only the construction costs.

“We’re pretty sure we’re going to do that [secure funding]’ Mayor Frizzell told the Lynnwood Times. “We really need it so we can shift growth out of existing corridors and make even better use of the city.”

City Center Station and Town Square Park

Larsen and City employees then traveled to the future Lynnwood City Center Town Square Park and 42nd Avenue West, a future street aimed at improving connectivity and pedestrian access, which is currently in the design phase. Negotiations are also underway to purchase nearly five acres of land on what will be 42nd Avenue to create a Town Square Park that would support pedestrian and retail activities.

The acquisition of City Center Town Square Park is envisaged as Lynnwood’s future meeting place. This aid will help catalyze the transit-oriented development of the city center and support pedestrian and retail activities anchored by the Link light rail station.

Larsen, Mayor Frizzell, and city employees then went to Lynnwood City Center Station to learn about the improvements to support the future Lynnwood Link light rail station and to learn about the proposed improvements to the 44th Avenue West Underpass aimed at providing the Improve existing underpass by creating a 10- to 12-foot shared walkway with lighting and artwork that provides multimodal connections to Lynnwood City Center Station.

waste water treatment

Larsen’s final stop was to be at the wastewater treatment plant to learn how the wastewater funding provided for in the bipartisan Infrastructure Act can help make the necessary upgrades to the plant.

Population growth, an aging sludge incinerator and the Department of Ecology’s new Puget Sound Nutrient Permit have necessitated a very significant upgrade to Lynnwood’s wastewater treatment plant on the banks of Puget Sound. A plant plan to study the future needs of the sewage treatment plant is almost complete. The ultimate plan to solve all of Puget Sound’s growth and water quality needs is estimated at nearly $200 million.

However, a scheduling issue prevented the final tour location from taking place.

“We want to engage with all of our lawmakers. We don’t know where the infrastructure money is going, we don’t know if it’s going to be state, county or city; it will be all three, but we don’t know how much,” Mayor Frizzell told the Lynnwood Times. “We just keep working together because what benefits Lynnwood benefits the entire region – benefits the county because we’re the third largest city in the county.”


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