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Puyallup Avenue Overpass


Puyallup Avenue Bridge Western Truss

View from South

Photo taken by K. A. Erickson in February 2012


BH Photo #224999

Street View 


Through truss bridge over railroad tracks on Puyallup Avenue in Tacoma
Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington
Open to traffic
Built 1925
- Grant Smith & Co.
Baltimore through truss
Span length: 195.9 ft.
Total length: 195.9 ft.
Deck width: 36.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.5 ft.
Also called
Eells Street Bridge
Eells Street Viaduct
Approximate latitude, longitude
+47.24281, -122.40946   (decimal degrees)
47°14'34" N, 122°24'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/544692/5232316 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Tacoma South
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory number
BH 34456 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • December 12, 2019: Updated by Luke: Updated status per forum comment
  • May 1, 2014: New Street View added by Luke Harden

Related Bridges 


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Puyallup Avenue Bridge
Posted December 12, 2019, by Anonymous

This bridge has been replaced.

Puyallup Avenue Bridge
Posted April 30, 2014, by K. A. Erickson

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.


Puyallup Avenue Bridge future plans
Posted February 7, 2012, by K. A. Erickson

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.