If you drive along Interstate-5 from North Seattle through Lynnwood, you have noticed the Sound Transit extension from Northgate to Lynnwood is showing a great deal of progress. Much of the project rises above ground and recently, the last of the total of 188 new columns that will support the new light rail guideway was poured.

Another significant milestone has been putting the framework in place for the overpass across the freeway just north of the Mountlake Terrace transit station and soon to be light rail station, to the west side of the interstate. This framework involved several recent overnight weekend closures of the freeway to set the overpass beams into place.

The construction project along the 8.5 miles of track includes four new light rail stations and about 1500 new parking spaces. The other light rail stations beyond the Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace sites include stations near 145th and 185th in Shoreline.

The project is slated to reach the halfway mark this summer. The Lynnwood light rail extension is planned to open in 2024. Riders will have a quick 18-minute trip between Lynnwood and the University District, or just under a half hour to downtown Seattle.

The new Northgate extension from the University District is due to open October 2nd. Some Community Transit and Sound Transit bus routes in Snohomish County will adjust to match up with the frequent service to and from the new Northgate Light Rail station. During peak commute hours, trains will reach the Northgate station about every 5 minutes. Most of the bus transit adjustments will be made by Community Transit. To see their bus route adjustment plans, visit https://www.communitytransit.org/northgate .

To follow the Lynnwood Light Rail extension project, visit https://www.soundtransit.org/system-expansion/lynnwood-link-extension .  And if you want to view some recent project photos including those from the light rail extension project construction partner Shanska USA, visit https://www.soundtransit.org/blog/platform/fresh-pics-lifting-lynnwood-link-place .

North Sound Meteorologist Ted Buehner worked more than 40 years for the National Weather Service (NWS) from 1977 to 2018. He is now an Everett Post Media team member. Together with Everett Post Weather Minute Podcasts, he provides morning and afternoon commute traffic and weather updates on both KRKO and KXA Radio, and sports reporting on KRKO.