The staircase between Dock Street and downtown Tacoma that’s part of the Murray Morgan Bridge renovation at South 11th Street opened to the public Friday.
The elevator should open by the end of next week, pending inspection by the state, project manager Tom Rutherford said.
Crews hoped to have both finished in March, but had to change the access to the machinery room on top of the elevator, including the size of the door, to meet state requirements, he said.
“We were trying to provide access by a ladder and (the state Department of Labor & Industries) didn’t allow that,” he said. “The stairs go up an additional flight and sort of wrap around the elevator. We had to provide that.”
Old stairs on the side of the bridge were demolished in 2011 as part of the renovation, he said.
Without the steps, the nearest route to downtown Tacoma is via South 15th Street.