The state’s message to motorists on Interstate 5

It’s been 9 months since Sound Transit broke ground on Lynnwood Link, the first step towards a light rail spine in Snohomish County. While the past few months have gone in an unexpected direction, there has still been visible progress along the I-5 corridor from Northgate to Lynnwood.

As with past photo tours, these shots were taken in the past few weeks from areas that are open to the public, but such access may be changed as construction continues. As we are still under stay home, stay healthy orders, please follow health guidance and limit trips to essential journeys. For the record, this photo tour was completed using a personal vehicle instead of short bus rides between the future stations.

Lynnwood City Center Station

Lynnwood City Center Station’s north tail track columns

The columns that will eventually support the platform and tail tracks at Lynnwood City Center Station have been erected in place. Sound Transit is preparing to move some of the parking lots at the transit center in the coming months, at the expense of some small businesses ($).

South end columns

The platform’s crossing of the HOV direct access ramp should be a nice place to watch buses file in and out of the transit center in 2024. For now, there’s open sky above the ramp here.

Mountlake Terrace Station

Layover at Mountlake Terrace TC

Contractors have stripped away the asphalt from the surface lot at Mountlake Terrace Transit Center to make way for staging and the eventual station structure. The uphill area has also been demolished for eventual use as temporary parking and perhaps long-term TOD.

Mountlake Terrace has also been preparing the area for intense TOD, including a rebuild of nearby 236th Street Southwest to be more “welcoming”. The nearby Terrace Station development is also nearing completion.

Column formwork south of Mountlake Terrace TC

Further south, formwork for columns have been erected on the approach to the station from Interstate 5.

Shoreline North/185th Station

Shoreline North/185th Station

There’s not much to see at the northern of the Shoreline pair, but there is plenty of room for the future garage and bus layover area. Community Transit recently decided that the Swift Blue Line will approach this station via Meridian Avenue.

Looking south from NE 190th Street

All along the Shoreline section of I-5, the future light rail guideway is obviously marked. Trees have been trimmed away and dirt has been dumped to provide a level working area. The NE 190th Street pedestrian bridge, which will remain in place even after light rail construction ends, provides an excellent vantage point.

Shoreline South/145th Station

Looking north at the Shoreline South/145th Station site

Link contractors are taking full advantage of the ample room for equipment staging at Shoreline South/145th Station. Progress here has been slow, but should ramp up as the columns in the south draw closer.

Looking south from NE 145th Street

NE 130th Street Station

Columns at the interchange of I-5 and NE 130th Street

The infill station at NE 130th Street has an uncertain fate due to the yet-announced program realignment that Sound Transit will have to consider. There’s plenty of early work visible here for the guideway, but there should be plenty of time to add an integrated structure with the platforms and canopy as proposed.

Northgate Station

Northgate Station, from the south

The future Link riders of Shoreline and Snohomish County will have something to look forward to much sooner: truncated and improved bus service to Northgate Station in 2021. The station is largely complete from the outside, and work has moved to adding all the finishes and furnishings around the entrances.

Among these furnishes are a few commuter-sized bus shelters around the now-poured bus loop. These shelters are similar to those used at the former Overlake Transit Center in Redmond and are arranged into three columns that ring the bus loop and the east edge of 1st Avenue Northeast.

That’s it for this quarantine edition of the photo tour. I hope to produce more frequent updates during the stay home, stay healthy period in order to provide the full construction-gawking experience for everyone at home.

14 Replies to “Photo Tour: Lynnwood Link, quarantine edition”

  1. Thank you for doing these photo tours. A lot of people can’t get out to these areas to see what’s going on. That one you did of East Link two years ago was really good.

    1. Sam? Like Councilmember Peter Von Reichbauer would say over the phone at every Board Meeting: “Second!”


  2. I wish the Northgate bus shelters’ roofs extended to the roadway, but that’s me.

    Nice photos, much appreciate.

  3. I got a laugh out of your “Trees have been trimmed away…” I would have used words like Removed or Eliminated, since no “trimming” is in evidence.

    1. Careful, RD. Since General Jim Mattis is gone and Acting Secretary Mark Esper waiting ’til half an hour before retirement to get fired, next tweet could call up a Dominator in a (size extra-large) lace-up leather girdle.

      In in this case size Double Large. And that since “Trimming” is for weak doomed candidates of his own party, word down the line will be “When the looting starts, whatever Removal misses, Elimination will run away with his best fold-over pirate boots.”

      And if you don’t make every deletion say [Mark][Dublin] you’re next.

  4. Any progress on the pedestrian bridge over the freeway at Northgate? Last time I was there they hadn’t started.

    1. They are doing work in the median between the express lanes and mainline lanes. There also looks like prep work on the west side in the field. They did start.

    2. The April Link Progress Report is now available. Perhaps there’s something in there about this element?

  5. Just the Opposite! I’m registering outrage at the way the name of a classic traditional form of expression- consenting adults goes without saying- and doubtless historically trending extremely Conservative (that leather has got to be EXPENSIVE!)…

    Has been appropriated by forces whose own performance in this area of life has been given exceptionally lousy reviews by partners with extensive professional qualifications to judge. Whose own service should entitle them to be awarded The Congressional for bravery, and free medical care for life.

    But mostly, I’m looking to rid my country of what our Founders considered Obscenity and Treason combined and personified: Royalists! And not taunting but requesting:

    Can anybody find me one mention of either “Domination” or “Dominance” in any founding document of The United States of America? If so, word to my Elected employees is “If you love our Country, get that Indecency off its pages!”

    Mark Dublin Who Promises That For Transit, This Topic Shall Rule Me [OT] forever.

    1. The British colonies were dominions. The founders were trying to make them non-dominions.

      Trump’s use of dominate seems to be in a different sense. More like in a boxing match or a military strategy (overwhelm the enemy).

      1. In one recognized use of the word “Dominance”, the black leather is merely the recognized and carefully styled formal dress for certain practices whose expense has trended toward a following among people of means. Often inflicting humiliation and violation on people who loathe this behavior but can’t afford to keep free of its clutches.

        For world affairs civil and military alike, Domination
        for its own sake has its own pernicious cost: money and attention permanently directed toward debilitating somebody else are no longer available for your own advancement.

        But for the power in question here, its particular stress on”Domination”in all its activities leaves our country stinking of the word’s deepest meaning to anybody with an adolescent son or daughter. In so many words or not, anybody who finds the infliction of obedience to be sexually exciting needs to be impeached for being a pervert.

        Which our country’s Founders definitely considered a signature attribute of hereditary royalty. To their minds, the United States of America was born to shape the world by example. Trusting to Us the People to use whatever power WE have to make the example a good one.

        Mark Dublin

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