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Puyallup Avenue Bridge


Puyallup Avenue Bridge

View from South

Photo taken by K. A. Erickson in January 2011


BH Photo #193257

Street View 


Through truss bridge over Puyallup River on Puyallup Avenue in Tacoma
Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington
Replaced by a new bridge
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
Built 1925
- Grant Smith & Co.
Main spans: Three skewed, riveted, Pennsylvania through trusses
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 Bridge
Eells Street Viaduct
Approximate latitude, longitude
+47.24317, -122.40511   (decimal degrees)
47°14'35" N, 122°24'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/545020/5232359 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Tacoma South
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory number
BH 34454 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 6 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • September 15, 2022: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • December 12, 2019: Updated by Luke: Bridge appears to be undergoing replacement in aerial view. Probably gone by now.
  • December 11, 2019: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • 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

Related Bridges 


  • K. A. Erickson
  • Nathan Holth
  • Geoff Hubbs
  • Luke
  • Patrick Gurwell - pgurwell [at] gmail [dot] com


Puyallup Avenue Bridge
Posted September 9, 2020, by Steve Lindsey (stevelindsey60 [at] hotmail [dot] com)
Puyallup Avenue Bridge
Posted December 13, 2019, by steamboy05 (agshields1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Forgot to add this.

This span was replaced: https://bridgehunter.com/wa/pierce/86563000000000/

The other two spans are fine for the time being.

Puyallup Avenue Bridge
Posted December 13, 2019, by steamboy05 (agshields1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge has not been fully replaced. The only part that has been replaced was the span crossing the BNSF RR tracks, due to severe damage (visible in photos). When the bridge was reopened following the building of the new BNSF RR overpass it was officially renamed the Fishing Wars Memorial Bridge.

Tacoma Public Works Article:


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