Wednesday, August 2, 2017

If you’ve always wanted a bridge, we’ve got a deal for you!

By Shari King

Are you in the market for a bridge? You are? Great! How about the 1925 State Route 167 Puyallup River Bridge? We're looking for a new home for this 92-year-old charmer, and yours might just be a match.

After more than eight decades of service, we decommissioned the bridge in 2015. While in use, the historic bridge sported the longest (371 foot) riveted steel Warren-type through-truss span built prior to 1940 on our highway system. While unique, it is similar to the “Turner Truss” patented in the 1920s. Unlike the standard Warren truss, this bridge has parabolic top chords (allowing for a longer span), alternating diagonal truss members, longitudinal braces between diagonals in alternating panels and vertical struts adjacent to the portals. Its subdivided panels and the addition of longitudinal members at mid-panel heights in five truss panels allow the bridge to achieve both strength and economy of steel.
Our old SR 167 Puyallup River Bridge needs a new home and you might be the perfect fit!

Sound like exactly what you've been looking for?

The Puyallup River Bridge would be great addition to a city, county or state road, or even to a large facility looking for something historically significant and…well…long enough carry 20 cars end to end.

Now, there are a few boxes we'd need to check off if you're interested in taking this bridge home. You will be responsible for:
  • Maintaining the bridge and the features that give it its historical significance and continued eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Assuming all future legal and financial responsibility for the structure.
This offer to take ownership and relocate this bridge from our storage location is available until June 2019. Sorry, the bridge deck and substructure aren't included.

So act now to get your hands on this historic, well-behaved bridge that would get along fantastically with the rest of your bridges.


Unknown said...

It should be installed down river at 66th Ave E. that bridge is super inadequate.

Unknown said...

I think I saw this on Amazon Prime.

WSDOT said...

Christina Woods, thanks for the suggestion! Is the bridge that you’re referring to at 66th Avenue the Milroy Bridge? If so, this isn’t a state-owned bridge - WSDOT wouldn’t be able to make the decision. Also, the SR 167 Puyallup River/Meridian Street Bridge has the same capacity as the Milroy Bridge. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t decrease congestion.

Unknown said...

I thought that you were going to disassemble the bridge and then reassemble it over the White River going out of Buckley, to facilitate safe foot and bicycle traffic. What made you change your mind?

Webpilot1 said...

....Like Christina Woods said....Too obvious ?

Webpilot1 said...

So how much will you pay us to take it away ?

Raúl said...

Supplement the bridge across the Snohomish River on highway 9? It's probably the most expensive part to expanding the single lane stretch from Marsh road to highway 204.

Jaehow said...

How about installing it as a second bridge connecting Buckley and Enumclaw or further down the river?

WSDOT said...

Kenneth Feucht, Pierce County opted to not take ownership of the bridge.

WSDOT said...

Webpilot1, we have estimated the cost of demolition at $1 million. The successful party accepting ownership and responsibility for the bridge will be provided this estimated cost of demolition.

WSDOT said...

Jaehow, we determined not to relocate this bridge to a new crossing because of the extraordinary cost to move the Puyallup River Bridge and because the Puyallup River Bridge is structurally deficient.

WSDOT said...

Raul Swain, we determined not to move this bridge to a new crossing due to the extraordinary cost to move it and because it is structurally deficient.

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