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 ($1.45M)
- Federal appropriations secured by US Congressman Rick Larsen ($1M)
- Local Funds
- Park Impact Fees
- Real Estate Excise Taxes
- Economic Development Impact Fee