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Scriber Creek Trail Improvements Phase I

Scriber Creek Trail Open House January 15, 2019

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. 

Project Phase

  • Design Starts:  02/2018 (see opportunity to be involved below)
  • Alternatives Analysis:  02/2018-01/2019
  • 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. The City is seeking additional public input at an open house on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 from 6 – 7:30 PM at Lynnwood City Hall. The alternative alignments under consideration for the connecting segment can be reviewed at online.  The three alternatives are:

  • Alternative 2.1: Would replace the existing sidewalk and bike lane on the south side or SE 200th St with a 2-way shared use path that is separated from motor vehicles by a planter strip. To accommodate the widening while minimizing impacts, the trail would be bounded by a retaining wall adjacent to Sprague Pond; however, most existing vegetation would likely be removed. Trail users would cross Cedar Valley Road at the existing signalized intersection and use the sidewalk on the east side of the road to the entrance to Scriber Creek Park.

  • Alternative 2.2: Avoids aligning the trail along the road by continuing south through the Sprague Pond Mini Park and unopened right of way before turning east to cross Cedar Valley Road with a new mid block crossing. This alignment would traverse a relatively steep slope near the end of S 201st St and require removal of some of the existing vegetation in this vicinity to construct retaining walls. The intent would be to re-establish a vegetated buffer between the residential neighborhood and the commercial areas below while maintaining enough of visibility and lines of sight that trail users feel safe.

  • Alternative 2.3: Avoids aligning the trail along the road and proximity to the residential neighborhood by traversing Sprague Pond. The idea would be to create a public amenity and increase public enjoyment of the lake while minimizing impacts to the lake and the wildlife that use it. The type of structure to cross the pond has not been decided.

Following selection of a preferred alternative, the City will be providing opportunities for the public to provide input on and learn about the design as it progresses.  Please sign up for mailings to receive updates on these future opportunities or continue to visit the project website for updates. 

information updated 12/19/2018