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PUYALLUP: Trucks make Milroy Bridge scary

Letter by Katie L. Bennett, Puyallup on May 31, 2013 at 10:43 am with No Comments »
May 31, 2013 1:37 pm

Re: The Milroy Bridge over the Puyallup River.

How does a bridge built in 1931 get approved for use for school buses full of children, double-trailer cement and dirt trucks, long-trailer semis and up to three garbage trucks at a time? Is there no weight limit? And if so, why isn’t it posted?

Last week I sat on that bridge for three lights because a long-trailer semi tried to turn onto the bridge from lanes heading west. The driver held up traffic in all directions for three lights as he backed up, tried a second time, backed up (all in the intersection) and tried again. He then backed up, gave up and moved on west on River Road.

This is not to say big trucks with long trailers don’t use the Milroy. If they come from Levy Road during light traffic, they can pull wide and make it onto the bridge. Double-trailer cement trucks and dirt haulers somehow maneuver the bridge from the south side, too.

If you are in line on the bridge and a semi comes across in the opposite direction, the semi sometimes has to wait and allow us to drive off before the driver can take the wider load across. This holds up traffic, too.

Sitting on that bridge is terrifying as it “hops” when the heavy loads come across. How long can a bridge built in 1931 take that before it too falls into the river?

Truck use is relatively new on the Milroy. Who decided it was OK?

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