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Budget would fund Puyallup River bridge replacement

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on March 21, 2011 at 6:00 pm with 4 Comments »
March 21, 2011 6:00 pm

The House transportation budget released today would accelerate plans for tearing down and replacing the deteriorating 1925-built bridge that crosses the Puyallup River on northbound state Route 167.

Design work for the bridge replacement had been scheduled to wait until 2014, but lawmakers called for diverting $2.7 million in federal money from other projects to the bridge in the next two-year budget period.

The Department of Transportation moved up the project on its priority list after a recent inspection showed wear on the bridge’s floor beams. The inspection prompted WSDOT to restrict trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds to the bridge’s right lane, after first planning to close the bridge to the trucks altogether.

About 15,000 vehicles cross the bridge every day.

The project is now expected to be largely finished in the 2013-15 budget period and cost $30 million.

“We’re very happy that DOT revised their original plans,” said Rep. Hans Zeiger, R-Puyallup.

WSDOT originally planned to build a larger span at a cost of $54 million for both northbound and southbound lanes, but has now scaled back the project.

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  1. drxtreme says:

    That bridge is UN-Bloody-SAFE!!!! I was near there on the River Trail Sunday and a truck crossed (*in the right lane) and it sounded like either it was a head on collision or it hit the bridge as its rear load bearing wheel set hit the edge of the bridge road deck!…That CANNOT BE GOOD!!!!!!

  2. kaerickson says:

    You stupid fools!

    This is the ONLY bridge of its type in the WHOLE damn COUNTRY!

    http://bridgehunter.com/wa/pierce/3960A0000000/

    But hey let’s tear it down and replace it with another piece of lifeless slab of concrete.

    If it is the ONLY ONE you have to save it!

  3. Well, it’s very nice that another car addicted governmental entity
    loves the heck out of Puyallup.

  4. SSounder says:

    A rare display of flexibility and responsiveness on the part of the state department of transportation and the legislature. Now, let’s build something the region can be proud of for the next century.

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