Larsen, DelBene Secure $25 Million for Lynnwood’s Poplar Way Bridge – Everett Post

On August 9th the US Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded a $25 million grant to construct a new six-lane, multimodal bridge over I-5 in Lynnwood. This new bridge will be built between the intersections of 196th Street SW (State Route 524), Poplar Way, and 33rd Avenue W Alderwood Mall Boulevard. The DOT awarded the funding through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Discretionary Grant Program, which enables communities of all sizes to carry out projects with significant local or regional impact.

The project for this bridge was first started earlier this year in March, where Representative Rick Larsen requested funding from the DOT in a grant application support letter. “Currently, the freeway on and off ramps frequently back up onto I-5 due to congestion from commuter traffic”, wrote Representative Larsen. “This congestion increases traffic accidents, greenhouse gas emissions, transit line disruptions, and reduces the efficiency of freight mobility.”

The new bridge is currently a project ready according to Representative Larsen, meaning that construction could start soon. The finish date for this new bridge will likely be before the completion of the new Sound Transit Station in Lynnwood which is expected to be completed in 2024. “With Lynnwood’s population growing, there is definitely a big need for this. Traffic on I-5 is something we’ve all dealt with, and this bridge will help alleviate some of that,” said Joseph Tutino who is the Communication Director for Representative Rick Larsen.

Lynnwood Mayor Christine Frizzell praised the investment and spoke about what the funding means for the city. “We are incredibly grateful to be awarded a $25 million federal RAISE grant for the construction of Poplar Way Bridge,” said Lynnwood Mayor Christine Frizzell. “This critical infrastructure project will foster economic growth and revitalization, as well as relieve congestion, improve public safety, increase transportation equity, and create important community connections. We thank Representatives Rick Larsen and Suzan DelBene for their steadfast advocacy and we are appreciative of this federal investment in our City.”

The funding for this bridge came from the RAISE program, which received a funding boost due to the signing of the bipartisan Infrastructure and Jobs Act (IIJA) by President Biden back in November. Representative Larsen and DelBene both supported this act, which is designed to create jobs, drive economic recovery, and build a cleaner, greener, and safer transportation network. The IIJA authorized another $7.5 million over five years to the existing RAISE Discretionary Program, formerly known as TIGER and BUILD grants. The $1.5 billion in available funding for RAISE grants in 2022 represents a 50 percent increase in available funds compared to last year, when applicants requested $10 in funding for every $1 available.

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