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Hylebos bridge reopens after 11-year closure

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on June 20, 2012 at 3:28 pm with 2 Comments »
June 20, 2012 4:17 pm

The Hylebos Bridge had its celebratory opening this morning.

The structure spans the Hylebos Waterway, connecting Alexander Avenue East and Marine View Drive.

An emergency stop broke one of its drive shafts, closing the drawbridge in 2001.

About $23 million worth of mechanical, electrical and other renovations later, the bridge reopened to traffic June 1.

Today marked the celebration of the reopening by the city and the Port of Tacoma.

It won’t fill all the gaps for drivers in what used to be a straight route from downtown Tacoma to the tideflats. The Blair Bridge was demolished in 1997, and the Murray Morgan Bridge is currently being renovated.

BRUCE KELLMAN 2003

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  1. dbreneman says:

    It will be so nice to have the 11th Street corridor across the tideflats and into downtown reopened. Once the Murray Morgan bridge is reopened, we will finally once again be able to drive from Dash Point to the Hilltop as God intended!

  2. As long as you can jump over where the Blair bridge used to be, the corridor is open. For most of us, that corridor is history.

    We now officially have our very own Bridge to Nowhere. Soon we will have two of them. Maybe then we can be sensible and build a replacement route across the tideflats which would encourage development in the last place that looks like it’s in a time warp.

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