This is a rare example of a reinforced-concrete through truss bridge. The form of its members and details are unique. At the time of its construction it was thought to be the longest concrete truss or beam span in the country. It has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The McMillan Bridge was built by Pierce County in 1934. It replaced a steel truss span of the same name and location, damaged by flooding of the Puyallup River. Similar to its predecessor, the new bridge employed a through-truss type, enabling it to accommodate the largest practical waterway. This required its width and length to increase.
Length of largest span: 170.0 ft.
Total length: 210.0 ft.
Deck width: 22.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 16, 1982
Puyallup River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+47.12974, -122.23593(decimal degrees) 47°07'47" N, 122°14'09" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Deck condition rating: Good(7 out of 9) Superstructure condition rating: Fair(5 out of 9) Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory(6 out of 9) Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 40.5 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
September 23, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
October 26, 2015: Updated by Nathan Holth: Bridge has been bypassed.
December 10, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: No longer doomed.
December 14, 2010: New photos from Nathan Holth
May 19, 2009: Updated by Michael Goff
April 21, 2009: Added by Michael Goff
K. A. Erickson
Mike Goff - michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com