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Bridge Street Bridge


Bridge Street/Stuck River Bridge

View from Southwest

Photo taken by K. A. Erickson in February 2011


BH Photo #194075

Street View 


Parker through truss bridge over Stuck River on Bridge Street in Sumner
Pierce County, Washington
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1927
Parker through truss
Length of largest span: 220.2 ft.
Total length: 359.9 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.6 ft.
Also called
Stuck River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+47.20389, -122.24583   (decimal degrees)
47°12'14" N, 122°14'45" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/557117/5228097 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory number
BH 34432 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 84 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • January 7, 2019: Updated by Nathan Holth: Demolished and replaced.
  • June 10, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added planned demolition date.
  • May 12, 2012: Updated by K. A. Erickson: Bridge to be replaced by city of Sumner soon
  • February 20, 2011: New photo from K. A. Erickson


Bridge Street Bridge
Posted January 7, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)
Bridge Street Bridge
Posted February 7, 2017, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)
Bridge Street Bridge
Posted May 19, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

In 1940, master bridge engineer David Steinman slams engineers in his book "Bridges and Their Builders" for designing bridges which were themselves utilitarian and ugly, and required "embellishment and ornamentation." Ironically, in doing so, he was looking back to many of the metal truss bridges in which we see beauty today... yet I cannot help but wonder what he would think of the hideous looking structures that engineers today embellish with lighting and non-structural decorative elements in an attempt to do what I personally call "putting perfume on a skunk."

Bridge Street Bridge
Posted May 19, 2014, by Anonymous

REEEEEEEEEETCH! BLEAH! GAGAGAGA! Man, that bridge is ugly!

Bridge Street Bridge
Posted May 19, 2014, by Matt Lohry

Wow...I gotta say, I AM speechless...only because it's impossible to say anything while projectile vomiting.

Bridge Street Bridge
Posted May 18, 2014, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I am speechless at the sheer beauty of the design for their iconic new bridge... NOT!!!

Todd Baslee photo

Bridge Street Bridge
Posted May 18, 2014, by K. A. Erickson

Sumner really hates this bridge.

So naturally they are going gaga for this design for the new one.


"This seems to open it up a great deal for us," a nearby business resident commented at the meeting.

But at least they'll have the replica lampposts. Thank goodness for that right?

Bridge Street Bridge
Posted February 20, 2011, by K. A. Erickson

Sumner is in the process of redoing its main arterials. Construction and chaos exists. There are two plans for redoing streets westward, one with the current bridge the other with a multi-lane concrete structure. The lights that were on the bridge in earlier pictures are no longer there. They have also cleared foliage around the bridge. Have they reached a decision?