Scriber Creek Trail Improvements


The project team is working towards local permit approvals and finalizing the construction bid package.

The Scriber Creek Trail Improvement project in the South Lynnwood Park neighborhood has received a Categorical Exclusion (CE) as a Class II Project.

Determination for CE is part of the project review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and has been determined because the project does not have significant environmental impacts on any natural, cultural, recreational, historic or other resource; does not require the relocation of people or adversely affect communities or protected populations; and does not have air, noise, or water quality impacts. 


This project will make critical upgrades to a 4,000-linear‑foot section of shared‑use path from the Lynnwood Transit Center to Wilcox Park. It will also improve public access and enjoyment of public parklands. A nonmotorized transportation connection between Lynnwood’s 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).

These upgrades comprise Phase 2 and Phase 3 of a three‑phase improvement plan:

Phase 1 - Connects the Interurban Trail to Scriber Creek Park along the south-southwest edge of the future light rail station. It is designed, permitted, and under construction as part of Sound Transit’s Lynnwood Link Extension project.

Phase 2 - Extends from the southwestern corner of the transit center to approximately 100 feet north of 200th Street SW, just north of Sprague’s Pond Mini Park.

Phase 3 - Extends from the terminus of Phase 2 just north of 200th Street SW to Wilcox Park.

Users of the existing trail currently face many barriers. These include:

  • Varies in width (4-8’) and has a variety of surfaces
  • Current alignment includes sharp 90 degree turns. This makes it difficult for a cyclist to navigate safely while sharing with pedestrians.
  • Damage from extended seasonal flooding, soil settlement, tree root heaving, and watershed fluctuation.

To reduce and solve these problems this project will:

  • Elevate the trail over wetland and streams to ease trail flooding
  • Increase the width of the trail to 10-12 feet with 2-foot shoulders
  • Re-align the trail to allow for wider turns

Boardwalk decking, made of pervious fiberglass grating, will be used when crossing Scriber Creek and the associated wetland complex. This grating allows filtered sunlight and precipitation to reach the ground.


Design, construction documents, and permitting is currently funded by the 2016 Pedestrian and Bicycle Grant from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), and local park funds. 

Phase 2 Construction is being funded by the following:

  • Sound Transit 2 Access Enhancement Fund ($2.5M)
  • Sound Transit 3 System Access Fund ($2.5M)
  • 2020 Pedestrian and Bicycle Grant from the Washington State Department of Transportation ($1.75M)
  • 2020 Congestion, Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program from the Puget Sound regional Council ($1M)
  • Local Funds
    • Park Impact Fees
    • Real Estate Excise Taxes

    Phase 3 Construction funding is to be determined.

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