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Puyallup Avenue Bridge

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Puyallup Avenue Bridge

View from South

Photo taken by K. A. Erickson in January 2011

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BH Photo #193257

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Overview
Through truss bridge over Puyallup River on Puyallup Avenue in Tacoma
Location
Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington
Status
Open to traffic
Future prospects
The first of a series of projects involving this bridge will replace 850 ft. of the existing 2,500 ft. long Puyallup River Bridge. The new segment will be a cable stayed bridge. Construction: Apr 2015 - Apr 2017
History
Built 1925
Builder
- Grant Smith & Co.
Design
Main spans: Three skewed, riveted, Pennsylvania through trusses
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 252.0 ft.
Total length: 764.1 ft.
Deck width: 36.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.5 ft.
Also called
Eells Street Viaduct
Eells Street Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+47.24306, -122.40500   (decimal degrees)
47°14'35" N, 122°24'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/545029/5232346 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Tacoma South
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
17,900
Inventory number
BH 34454 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2015)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 41.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 29, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added demo info.
  • February 4, 2011: New photo from K. A. Erickson
  • April 27, 2010: New Street View added by James Baughn

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Puyallup Avenue Bridge
Posted April 10, 2015, by K. A. Erickson

A recent accident involving a SUV veering off the L Street Bridge onto Interstate 5 snarled traffic for miles. Drivers diverted to the side roads. Soon afterwards "Undisclosed structural damage", per the city of Tacoma, caused the Eells Street Viaduct (Puyallup Ave) (this bridge) to be closed indefinitely. The 11th Street Bridge is permanently closed. Your alternates are now sitting on WA 509 forever or go right-left-right across the renovated Lincoln Avenue Bridge and still get stuck in the mess. The Port of Tacoma is in consolidation mode with the Port of Seattle. With extra space would they reconnect 11th Street over the Blair Waterway and fix the bridge at the Puyallup River? A bascule was at Blair before. It can be done again configured to accommodate the Leviathans they build these days. It's not as like any more construction in the area could hurt. Pacific Avenue Bridge is gone. Work is starting on demolition and replacement of the Interstate 5 Bridge over the Puyallup River. This song best represents the city of Destiny and its surroundings, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1o6OTuRc6cM

He'll be making an appearance at the Puyallup-Western Washington-Washington State Fair on Monday, Sep 14 at 7:30pm