"That's because it was ready to go," said Jeff Elekes, the city of Lynnwood's deputy public works director.
The pedestrian bridge is actually the final piece of an $80 million interchange project the city started in 1993, Elekes
It's part of the same project that realigned freeway exits and entrances near Poplar Way and modified land near Lowe's home improvement store and what became Heritage Park.
Original bids for the pedestrian bridge were as much as $2 million over budget, so the city altered course and opted for a new plan: to widen the overpass instead and build a smaller pedestrian bridge.
This time, the city plan is to widen the north side of 196th Street SW and build a smaller bridge over the southbound ramp that ties into the Interurban trail and Alderwood Mall Boulevard, Elekes