Puyallup Avenue Bridge – Western Truss
View from South
Photo taken by K. A. Erickson in February 2012
BH Photo #224999
The costs to replace the viaduct across the Puyallup River, various railroads, and city streets continue to rise. A story also this week in the Tacoma News Tribune cites a figure of $150 million. The Puyallup Tribe apparently, and not surprisingly, stands in the way of building a new span. Meanwhile more weight restrictions and loud noises from transit folks rerouting buses to other areas.
The Eells Street Viaduct is composed of a trio of truss bridges connected by concrete tee beam spans that cross city streets, two railroads, and the Puyallup River. That stretch is known as Eells Street and borders the Puyallup Indian Reservation. Edwin Eells was an Indian Agent in the early days of Tacoma.
Over a period of five years the city, county, other agencies ideally would like to replace it, piece by piece much like the Nalley Valley Viaduct or the Alaskan Way in Seattle.
The goal is to add, one extra lane. Funding is the issue and they expect the final costs to reach somewhere in the neighborhood of $80 million.
Planners envision a "signature bridge" that "greets visitors" to Tacoma. Except they already have a bridge of that type that was to be their signature Tacoma bridge on WA 509.