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George Milroy Bridge

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George Milroy Bridge

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Photo taken by K. A. Erickson in February 2011

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Overview
Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Puyallup River on 66th Avenue E in Fife
Location
Pierce County, Washington
Status
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Slated for demolition and replacement in 2019.
History
Built 1931
Builder
- Hart Construction Co. of Tacoma, Washington
Design
Pennsylvania through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 308.1 ft.
Total length: 345.2 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.8 ft.
Also called
Puyallup River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+47.21406, -122.34124   (decimal degrees)
47°12'51" N, 122°20'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/549882/5229162 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Puyallup
Inventory number
BH 34458 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 04/2013)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 37.8 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
10,425

Update Log 

  • May 8, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: Fixed names.
  • February 10, 2011: New photos from K. A. Erickson

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George Milroy Bridge
Posted May 8, 2014, by K. A. Erickson

I could have sworn I had a comment here at one time.

Anyways ... several things.

1) It's not as much about this bridge and truck restrictions as it is Fife and pretty much traffic in general. It is it's own fiefdom. The Powers That Be that run Fife don't want cars or trucks to go through their area. There are many restrictions on travel and roads have been removed! But they certainly want to develop the lands within their limits into subdivisions and warehouses. As long as they're happy I guess.

2) Trucks that do cross as the article suggests have issues turning, primarily onto Levee from the Bridge. To avoid sitting vehicles they cut it close along the edge of the bridge. This has resulted in the plank walkway and railing getting clipped or demolished. The Fife cops have likely grown tried of filing reports about this sort of accident. When I took images of the George Milroy that had just happened. One cop had anger issues.

3) George Milroy was a member of the Puyallup Tribe, late 1800s-turn of 1900s. His native name was anglicized to George Milroy. He had land nearby in the Valley where he took up farming.

4) There was some interest in reusing this bridge as part of the cross-county bike trail system whenever Pierce County built a new bridge.

5) The new bridge was at one point dependent on a proposed truck corridor from 512 and Canyon Road to Fife. The hope was to solve the problems mentioned further up in this comment, Fife restricting trucks on their roads while expanding or building more warehouses. I believe four lanes of traffic was proposed.

Keep up the good work on Washington State bridges.

George Milroy Bridge
Posted May 8, 2014, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

FYI, I swapped the names of this bridge. Puyallup River Bridge was the primary name, and George Milroy Bridge was the "Also Called" name. I switched them because there are like five different bridges all called Puyallup River Bridge on this website and its highly confusing... and local news articles call this bridge the George Milroy Bridge anyway. By the way, this bridge was in the news recently:

http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/05/07/3184245/pierce-county-joins-fife-in-banning.html?sp=/99/296/