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Puyallup Waterway Bridge


Puyallup Waterway Bridge

View from South

Photo taken by K. A. Erickson in April 2010


BH Photo #194359


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
- J.A.L. Waddell of Port Hope, Canada
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
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
Inventory number
BH 34459 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2013)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 9.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

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



Puyallup Waterway Bridge
Posted February 9, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

My research suggested removal of the lift portions of the bridge occurred in two projects, one in 1966 and the other in 1979. My guess is machinery was removed in 1966 and the tower removal was 1979. http://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=wa...

Puyallup Waterway Bridge
Posted February 9, 2017, by Luke

Aerial imagery from historic aerials shows lift towers in 1940 and 1968/69

Puyallup Waterway Bridge
Posted February 9, 2017, by Douglas Butler

I wonder if this former vertical lift bridge that had the machinery counterweight and towers removed is similar identical or resembled the Murray Morgan bridge crossing the city/ Foss waterway?

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.