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Hylebos Waterway Bridge


Hylebos Waterway Bridge

View from Southwest

Photo taken by K. A. Erickson in March 2010


BH Photo #210620


Street View 


This double leaf bascule bridge was built at a cost of $380,000, replacing a 1925 single leaf Strauss that only cost $80,000. From the beginning the single leaf Strauss was the subject of a fight between the War Department and the city over use of the Hylebos Waterway. Citizens on the other side, Browns and Dash Point were grateful that the city finally put in a bridge to connect them. The War Department desired a wider and deeper waterway to speed up commerce and industry. The War Department won in a lengthy legal battle that cost the city dearly and over protests of angry citizens. So the previous bridge was scrapped in favour of the current bridge which currently sits in upright position until repairs can be made. The approaches were done by Paine & Gallucci Inc. while General Construction Co. did the main span.


Bascule bridge over Hylebos Waterway on East 11th Street in Tacoma
Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington
Open to traffic
Built 1939; closed to traffic in 2001; repaired and reopened June 1, 2012
- General Construction Co. of Federal Way, Washington
- Paine & Gallucci Inc. of Tacoma, Washington
Bascule pony truss
Length of largest span: 216.9 ft.
Total length: 978.1 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+47.27764, -122.39458   (decimal degrees)
47°16'40" N, 122°23'40" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/545788/5236196 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Tacoma North
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory number
BH 34445 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2018)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 62.2 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • August 4, 2012: Updated by James Baughn: This bridge is open

Related Bridges 



Hylebos Waterway Bridge
Posted August 8, 2017, by Mike Betz (mike [dot] betz [at] gmail [dot] com)

Pictures of current (and older) Hylebos Bridge at 11th (this bridge) may be found at http://what-where.appspot.com/showitem?featurename=TacHylebo...

I find the pictures of the Tidewater Mill, right next to the current bridge, fascinating. There's just a small beach/spit there now.

Hylebos Bridge at Lincoln Ave (lost) : http://what-where.appspot.com/showitem?featurename=TacHylebo...

Seeing in the pictures the other Hylebos bridge at The bridge at Lincoln was a surprise to me.

Hylebos Waterway Bridge
Posted March 16, 2015, by Kyle Crawford (kyleacrawford [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The bridge has in fact been repaired, and reopened to traffic.

Hylebos Waterway Bridge
Posted November 30, 2008, by plf (pfletch [at] harbornet [dot] com)

This bridge has been closed to traffic for over three years. It is not expected to re-open.