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PUYALLUP: Don’t let bridge go way of the tunnel

Letter by K.A. Erickson, DuPont on July 14, 2011 at 10:39 am | 4 Comments »
July 14, 2011 1:21 pm

After nearly 100 years, the Ruston Way tunnel closed for demolition. Yet it still could have served a purpose as part of a network of bicycle and pedestrian trails across Pierce County.

That opportunity has passed, but another awaits: the Meridian Street Bridge (Highway 167) in Puyallup. The state Department of Transportation has fast-tracked replacement of this 1925 bridge, once the longest and biggest single-riveted span in the state, in the next five years.

As the last Turner-class bridge in America, it is deserving of a fate better than that of the tunnel, buried as a footnote in history.

The opportunity is there to connect a missing section of the cross-county bicycle trail across the Puyallup River. The Meridian Street Bridge could do just that at a new location, perhaps moved downriver near the old weigh station. This would be a win for all involved: historians, motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians.

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