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For Sale: SR 167 Puyallup River/Meridian Street Bridge

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  • WSDOT has issued a Request for Proposals to remove and reuse the historic SR 167 Meridian/Puyallup River Bridge. Interested parties are invited to submit proposals by 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. More details provided below.
  • The awarded proposer will receive up to $1 million, as defined by a transfer agreement, from WSDOT to relocate and reuse the bridge.
  • The awarded proposer must remove the bridge from state right of way by June 30, 2019, agree to maintain the bridge and features that give it historical significance, and assume all legal and financial responsibility for it.  

SR 167 Puyallup River/ Meridian Street Bridge


WSDOT has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) that is open to all parties interested in relocating and preserving the historic 1925 State Route 167 Puyallup River/Meridian Street Bridge located in Puyallup, Washington. The proposal requirements are located on Washington’s Electronic Business Solution (WEBS) website. A user manual is available to explain how to use the WEBS site.


The commodity codes in the WEBS system for this RFP include:

  • 155-07 Bridge Accessories and Parts
  • 155-72 Recycled Buildings and Structures
  • 570-65 Steel Bridge Truss, Overhead
  • 913-13 Construction, Bridge and Drawbridge
  • 913-66 Maintenance and Repair, Bridges
  • 925-13 Bridge Engineering


All proposers are invited to attend a field review on Monday, July 9, 2018, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The review will be held at the current site of the bridge, located at the southwest corner of Valley Avenue NW and North Meridian Avenue in Puyallup, WA. Hard hats, closed-toed shoes and gloves are required.

The person or entity selected to take ownership of the bridge will receive up to $1 million from WSDOT to relocate and reuse the bridge as defined in a transfer agreement. 

Prospective purchasers will be required in advance to review legal requirements, including but not limited to, the requirements in 23 U.S. Code § 144 (g)(5) and 23 U.S. Code § 144 (g)(4)(B). The successful prospective purchaser must enter into an agreement with WSDOT, and secure a required contract bond. 

If no one meets the specified conditions, the bridge will be demolished as part of the SR 167 Completion Project. WSDOT anticipates completing the proposal review process by early fall.


Questions on how to use the WEBS system can be directed to Connie Raezer at 360-705-7459, or


Questions about the bridge itself or proposal requirements should be submitted, in writing, to Steve Fuchs at Responses to all proposers’ questions will be posted on the WEBS site.


Media inquiries, or general comments or questions can be directed to Claudia Bingham Baker at 360-357-2789, or

SR 167 Puyallup River/Meridian Street Bridge

Highlights for proposal:

  • Submit a proposal as instructed by the RFP no later than 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, 2018.
  • Maintain the structure and features of the bridge that give it historical significance.
  • Assume all future legal and financial responsibility for the structure.
  • Remove the structure from state right of way by June 30, 2019.

View engineering and historical documentation for the SR 167 Puyallup River Bridge.

For more than eight decades, the State Route 167 Meridian Street Bridge over the Puyallup River served as a portal for cities along the Puget Sound to the semi-rural, agricultural community of Puyallup, Washington. Now, the Washington State Department of Transportation is issuing a Request for Proposals to relocate and reuse the 1925 structure. The bridge was decommissioned in 2015 after a new bridge was built and opened to the traveling public. The 371-foot-long steel truss has been relocated onto state right of way in Puyallup while WSDOT undertakes the process to identify a new home and owner for the historic structure. Prior to removal from its original location, the Meridian Street Bridge was the longest riveted steel Warren through-truss span built prior to 1940 remaining on the Washington state highway system. It is very likely unique, although similar to the “Turner Truss” patented in the 1920s. 

Unlike the standard Warren truss, this bridge has parabolic top chords (allowing for a longer span length), alternating diagonal truss members, longitudinal braces between diagonals in alternating panels, and vertical struts adjacent to the portals. Its subdivided panels and the addition of longitudinal members at mid-panel heights in five truss panels achieved both strength and economy of steel. In 1991 the portal sway braces and interior panel sway bracing were modified to increase vertical clearance from 14 feet 7 inches to 18 feet 7 inches to accommodate oversized traffic. 

Maury M. Caldwell, a Virginia native, designed the Puyallup River/Meridian Street Bridge for Pierce County. In addition to that bridge, Caldwell designed other significant bridges in Washington, including the 1,410 foot Pasco-Kennewick Bridge (1922). Caldwell practiced engineering in Seattle and Tacoma from 1905 until shortly before his death in 1942

To learn more about the SR 167 Puyallup River Bridge, visit the bridge article on History Link

View more photos of the SR 167 Puyallup River Bridge on our Flickr page, or watch a video of this historic bridge.