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Hylebos Bridge

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Hylebos Waterway Bridge

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Photo taken by K. A. Erickson in March 2010

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Description 

This double leaf bascule bridge was built at a cost of $380,000, replacing a 1925 single leaf Strauss that only cost $80,000. From the beginning the single leaf Strauss was the subject of a fight between the War Department and the city over use of the Hylebos Waterway. Citizens on the other side, Browns and Dash Point were grateful that the city finally put in a bridge to connect them. The War Department desired a wider and deeper waterway to speed up commerce and industry. The War Department won in a lengthy legal battle that cost the city dearly and over protests of angry citizens. So the previous bridge was scrapped in favour of the current bridge which currently sits in upright position until repairs can be made. The approaches were done by Paine & Gallucci Inc. while General Construction Co. did the main span.

Facts 

Overview
Bascule bridge over Hylebos Waterway on East 11th Street in Tacoma
Location
Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1939; closed to traffic in 2001; repaired and reopened June 1, 2012
Builders
- General Construction Co.
- Paine & Gallucci Inc.
Design
Bascule pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 216.9 ft.
Total length: 978.1 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+47.27764, -122.39458   (decimal degrees)
47°16'40" N, 122°23'40" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/545788/5236196 (zone/easting/northing)
USGS topographic map
Tacoma North
Inventory number
BH 34445 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 4, 2012: Updated by James Baughn: This bridge is open

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Hylebos Bridge
Posted July 22, 2013, by Douglas Butler (drawbridges [at] lycos [dot] com)

Hylebos Bridge drawing.

Webmaster's note: The photos that were here have been incorporated into the main site.

Hylebos Waterway Bridge
Posted November 30, 2008, by plf (pfletch [at] harbornet [dot] com)

This bridge has been closed to traffic for over three years. It is not expected to re-open.