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City Officials Advocate for Federal Transportation Funds in Washington, D.C.


City Officials Advocate for Federal Transportation Funds in Washington, D.C.

Poplar Way Bridge Extension remains top priority for Lynnwood to relieve traffic congestion 

DCLast week, Mayor Nicola Smith, Public Works Director Bill Franz, and City Engineer David Mach were joined by Lynnwood's Federal Lobbyist, Mark Dedric of Summit Strategies, as they met with our congressional delegation and United States Department of Transportation staff in Washington, D.C.

The purpose of the trip was to meet with our local delegation to firm up their support as the City isaggressively pursuing a $25 million federal "Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development" (BUILD) grant to fund the construction phase of the Poplar Way Bridge project.This will be the third time the City has applied for this grant (formerly called TIGER) and staff has worked diligently on each yearly submittal to incorporate our delegates advice to improve our request, giving us the best chance of being selected for federal funding.The Poplar Way Bridge will connect the intersection of 196th Street SW and Poplar Way with the intersection of Alderwood Mall Boulevard over Interstate 5 togreatly reduce congestion in and around the City Center and Alderwood Mall area.

Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, Congressman Rick Larson as well as staff from Congresswoman Primila Jayapal’s office graciously met with our team so they could share project updates, thank them for their past support, and discuss the most effective ways they could support us through the upcoming grant cycle.Our team also took the opportunity to share other exciting developments and opportunities for congressional partnerships in Lynnwood and South Snohomish County.

Our City proactively engages with our district legislators and congressional leaders to advocate and convey our City's legislative priorities. Many decisions are made in Olympia and Washington, D.C. that have direct or indirect impacts on our City's ability to provide programs and services to the people of Lynnwood. When our legislators know our City priorities and community stories from residents and business owners, they are better equipped to represent our interests in Olympia and D.C. Each year, Lynnwood Officials develop the City's Legislative Priorities. You can learn more by visiting our Legislative Priorities webpage.


Photo captions: Mayor Smith, Director Franz, and City Engineer Mach met with WA State Senator Maria Cantwell (top left), WA State Senator Patty Murray (top right), WA State Congressman Rick Larsen (bottom left) and staff members from the United States Department of Transportation (bottom right)

Poplar Way Extension Bridge Project Information

PoplarThis project involves construction of an arterial bridge across I-5 connecting existing intersections of Poplar Way / 196th Street SW and 33rd Avenue W / Alderwood Mall Boulevard. The City Center Access Study identified this bridge as an alternative to the 196th St SW crossing at I-5, and as the most significant solution for congestion relief in the City Center along 196th Street SW, and around Alderwood Mall and Alderwood Mall Parkway.


To date, this project has received $3,209,000 in Federal and State grants for the design, and $3,050,000 in Federal grants for the Right of Way phase. We are seeking $25 million in Federal funding for construction.

For more detailed information about this project, or to sign up to receive email updates on the status of this project, visit the Poplar Way Extension Bridge project page.

Julie Moore, Public Affairs Officer