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Puyallup Waterway Bridge



Puyallup Waterway Bridge

View from South

Photo taken by K. A. Erickson in April 2010



Street View 


Through truss bridge over Puyallup Waterway on East 11th Street in Tacoma
Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington
Intact but closed to all traffic
Built 1930
Pratt through truss. Converted vertical lift to fixed span.
Length of largest span: 161.1 ft.
Total length: 2,753.1 ft. (0.5 mi.)
Deck width: 40.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+47.25970, -122.41880   (decimal degrees)
47°15'35" N, 122°25'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/543971/5234187 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Tacoma North
Inventory number
BH 34459 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 06/2013)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 9.8 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)

Update Log 

  • July 2, 2014: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • February 26, 2011: New photos from K. A. Erickson
  • April 5, 2010: New Street View added by James Baughn


  • K. A. Erickson
  • Luke


Puyallup Waterway Bridge
Posted July 2, 2014, by K. A. Erickson

Bridge is now doomed. Scheduled for closure and demolition. Or maybe replacement.


Puyallup Waterway Bridge
Posted March 15, 2011, by K. A. Erickson

The NBI's date of construction differs widely. Sections have been replaced, the eastern stringer half over railroad tracks and port roads in particular after a fire around 1930. Given the original design resembled the Murray Morgan/City Waterway, a date of 1913 seems to be accurate.

Added other details to bridges nearby, if anyone, you know likes those sorts of things.

Puyallup Waterway Bridge
Posted February 26, 2011, by K. A. Erickson

To confirm your suspicion Nathan:

In September of 1966 the upper section of the vertical lift along with some other parts were removed by Early Construction Co. at a cost of $15,000. This made the bridge inoperable. The power lines located next to the bridge were then attached to the remaining towers to cross the waterway.

In June of 1979 Willamette Western scrapped the remainder, 175 tonnes of steel in all, including the cable wheels, counter weights, and control house. This process cost $167,000.

To give you a visual: It originally was a smaller version of the Murray Morgan/City Waterway bridge to the West.

Sources various newspapers I sorted through at the library.

Puyallup Waterway Bridge
Posted April 6, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This appears to be a vertical lift bridge which had its towers and machinery removed.