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Scriber Creek Trail Improvements Phase I

Project Description

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This project will make critically needed upgrades to a shared-use path that will provide a crucial multi-modal connection between Lynnwood’s PSRC designated Regional Growth Center & City Center Sub-Area, the Interurban Regional Trail, the Lynnwood Transit Center, and the future Lynnwood Link light rail station (2023) and SWIFT bus-rapid transit routes on 196th St SW (SR 524).  

The existing 1.5 mile trail begins at Wilcox Park (SR 524) at the north and terminates at the Lynnwood Transit Center at the south is frequently flooded and impassible. It is narrow (4-8’) with both hard and soft surfaces (wood chips) which make it impassable to cyclist. 

The trail is severely degraded due to damage caused by stormwater flooding and natural impacts such as soil settlement, tree root heaving, and water shed fluctuation. The trail traverses a very auto-oriented area of Lynnwood that is highly developed and experiences some of the highest traffic congestion, volumes, and collisions in the city. Thus, those commuting through this area view this as a barrier and choose to use the vehicles in lieu of walking or cycling to their destinations. 

The project will redevelop the trail system, into a regionally-serving and safe alternative transportation route. Phase I of the trail will connect multiple transit modes and corridors, depressed housing and employment centers, and regionally serving trail systems, through enhanced pedestrian and bicycle mobility.  This project is the first phase of a much larger project which will eventually extend Scriber Creek Trail from Wilcox Park to Lund’s Gulch and Meadowdale Beach Park. 

The scope of this project is to complete approximately 4,000 feet of shared use trail from the Interurban Regional Trail/Lynnwood Transit Center (northwest corner of the Transit Center) to Wilcox Park at the intersection of 196th St SW/52nd Ave W. The trail will be generally 10-12 ft wide with 2 ft shoulders and constructed with hard pervious surface. In a few isolated wetland and stream areas, the trail will be constructed on an elevated boardwalk with a durable and slip resistant surface. The elevated boardwalk will be 10 feet wide with 2 foot buffers from the railings on either side. 

For the past year, the City of Lynnwood has been evaluating opportunities to improve Scriber Creek Trail from Wilcox Park to the Transit Center. The City considered a number of factors including cost, trail use experience, and impacts, as well as public input. The City is now moving forward with design of improvements to the existing trail through Scriber Lake Park, replacement of existing sidewalk with trail along 200th St SW, and improvements to the existing trail through Scriber Creek Park. The City will update this project website with additional opportunities for public involvement throughout the project. 

Project Phase

  • Alternatives Analysis:  02/2018-01/2019 - Completed
  • Preliminary Engineering (30% Design) & Technical Studies & Environmental Documentation:  02/2019 – 09/2019
  • Environmental Approved (NEPA/SEPA):  12/2019
  • ROW: 01/2020-02/2020
  • Final Design: 01/2020-12/2020
  • Ad Period: 03/2021-05/2021

Project Manager

Erin Duleba, EIT
Public Works Project Manager

Sarah Olson, Deputy Director
Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department 


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How Can You Be Involved?

An online survey for Scriber Creek Trail Improvements Phase 1 was conducted the first part of April 2018 to gain input from citizens and businesses. The City hosted two focus group meetings in June 2018 to refine alternative choices. Based on that outreach, the City confirmed alignments through Scriber Lake Park and Scriber Creek Park and added an alternative alignment for the connection between these two parks which were evaluated and shared with the community at an open house in January 2019. The preferred alignment is being advanced for full design with opportunities for public involvement anticipated when design reaches 60%. 


    information updated 7/15/2019