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Girders in place for elevated light rail tracks, with construction equipment on the ground nearby.
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All of the columns (and most of the girders) have been placed on the Lynnwood Link extension.

Construction of Lynnwood Link extension reaches 50 percent completion

Milestone marks ongoing progress toward 2024 opening date for the extension

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Two years after groundbreaking, civil construction on the Lynnwood Link extension has reached the 50 percent completion mark.

Construction teams continue to advance the work on the project, which is scheduled to begin service in just a few years!

The extension includes four new stations serving Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Shoreline and Seattle.

By 2024, Lynnwood Link and other extensions currently under construction will more that double the length of the region’s light rail system.

The remarkable progress we’re making is visible daily for anyone driving along I-5.

An aerial shot of Lynnwood Link under construction.
Beautiful fall colors around Lynnwood Link construction, with I-5 in the background.

Among the construction progress made to date:

  • All of the project’s 188 columns are complete.
  • All but three (530 of the 533) girders have been set, with the remaining girders to be set before the end of the year.
  • Rail work has begun on multiple locations.
  • Construction of all 10 bridges has begun and is 80 percent complete.

Construction is also well underway on three new garages being built for the extension. The garages at the Shoreline South/148th and Shoreline North/185th stations, will each have approximately 500 parking spaces.

A crane is next to a structure under construction.
The new garage next to the future light rail station at the Lynnwood Transit Center.

The new garage at Lynnwood Transit Center will contain 1,670 parking stalls in a five-story structure. The parking garage is scheduled to open to the public in the spring of 2023, more than a year before light rail service to the Lynnwood City Center Station begins, in order to allow for the site work around the station to be completed.

When Lynnwood Link light rail service begins, commuters from the Lynnwood Transit Center will enjoy:

  • 20 minute rides to the University of Washington
  • 27 minute rides to downtown Seattle
  • 60 minute rides to Sea-Tac Airport

Trains from Lynnwood will also serve the Eastside and reach downtown Bellevue in 51 minutes.

Riding Lynnwood Link will be the environmentally friendly way to get up to Snohomish County, as Link continues to expand north toward Everett in the coming years.

Take a look at some more fresh pics:

Two people walk on a light rail guideway under construction.
Checking out the guideway by Mountlake Terrace Station.
Lynnwood Station under construction.
Looking good in Lynnwood!
A closeup of rail on a construction site.
Ready for rail in Snohomish County.
Light rail track under construction near the future Mountlake Terrace Station.
After Lynnwood opens in 2024, riders will enjoy fast, frequent and reliable service between south Snohomish County, the University of Washington, downtown Seattle, the Eastside, Sea-Tac Airport and Federal Way. The extension includes four new stations serving Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Shoreline and Seattle.

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