Work on Lynnwood Link could begin as early as this month

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Work on the Lynnwood Link will begin very soon
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The Lynnwood Link Extension project is breaking ground this spring. Activity will start with crews preparing work zones for construction followed by construction of light rail infrastructure beginning this summer.

The line opens in 2024 with 28-minute trips between Lynnwood and downtown Seattle, no matter how bad the traffic is on I-5.

Some of the first visible signs of this progress will come in the form of Sound Transit’s tree replacement program.

Building the mostly elevated light rail line in the public right-of-way along the east side of I-5 between Northgate and Lynnwood will entail removing approximately 4,200 trees and replacing them with approximately 20,000 trees.

As much as possible, Sound Transit will select native, adaptive plant and tree species for replacement. The agency will be planting larger trees and monitoring most of the trees for an extended period to ensure their survival.

There is no getting around the temporary changes this construction will bring.

The end result, however, will provide not only capacity to move up to 16,000 riders per hour in each direction past rising gridlock, but even greener surroundings than those that exist today.

The first work will be in the north of Shoreline
As early as March – June (3-month duration)CenturyLink and Seattle City Light overhead utility relocationNE 165th, NE 167th, NE 170th, NE 180th, NE 185th, NE189th, and NE 200th streetsTrucking and some traffic impacts where utilities are in the public ROW (right-of-way)

2 comments:

jno62 March 4, 2019 at 9:47 AM  

It's going to be painful to watch all those trees get cut down. What's going to be planted will be saplings. Most of us will never see big trees like those being removed in our lifetime. I'm all about light rail, but I wish it could happen without clear cutting.

Anonymous,  March 4, 2019 at 11:30 AM  

In the meantime take a quiet walk along 1st NE, south of NE 174th on the east side of the freeway - several (mostly) derelict houses have been removed, and grass planted. Too bad it's fenced off, because it would be a great short-term park!

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