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Newly opened Murray Morgan Bridge getting ready for its 100th birthday party next week

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on Feb. 1, 2013 at 4:04 pm with No Comments »
February 1, 2013 4:25 pm

I took a walk across the newly reopened Murray Morgan Bridge today with a few dozen other folks (but not very many cars).

I’m not sure what was more impressive, the views of the bridge or the views from the bridge. The network of black trusses stood out against the blue sky. The vistas into the Foss Waterway and out toward Commence Bay are the best in the city.

Call this a soft opening. The formal ceremony is set for next Friday, the 100th anniversary of the initial opening of what was then called the Lincoln Bridge (it opened around his birthday celebration). It’s also been called the 11th Street Bridge and City Waterway Bridge.

The approach to the Murray Morgan Bridge from downtown Tacoma. That's the elevator on the left
The approach to the Murray Morgan Bridge from downtown Tacoma. That’s the elevator on the left
The period street lights against the backdrop of one of the two towers
The period street lights against the backdrop of one of the two towers
The mass of steel trusses should make you feel comfortable that "soft opening" is just a figure of speech
The mass of steel trusses should make you feel comfortable that “soft opening” is just a figure of speech

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A fence is placed on the approach only where it passes over the railroad tracks.
A fence is placed on the approach only where it passes over the railroad tracks.

panaram

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