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- From 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18 through 4 a.m. Monday, Sept. 21, crews working for WSDOT will move traffic onto the new SR 162 Puyallup River Bridge. During that time, traffic will be reduced to one alternating lane. Drivers can expect significant traffic backups and delays.
- During the weekend of Sept. 18, the Foothills McMillin Trailhead parking lot will be closed. The trail itself will remain open. Details about the closure are linked here. (pdf 395kb)
- The new bridge - which will carry both northbound and southbound traffic - is expected to open by mid-September. At that time, the McMillin Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic.
Why is WSDOT
building a new SR 162 Puyallup River Bridge?
The SR 162 Puyallup River Bridge is showing signs of deterioration, not unusual for a bridge that is 78 years old.
The current (McMillin) bridge is too narrow to safely accommodate today's traffic. Engineers have designed a new bridge with a wider roadway width that meets current engineering and safety standards.
The existing bridge is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. WSDOT continues to consult with interested parties regarding preservation of the bridge that will be left in place.
The End Result
The end result is a new wider, safer bridge.
Safety - This project addresses bridge safety and roadway concerns. The new bridge will have wider lanes and shoulders that reduce the potential for collisions.
What is the project timeline?
- The project was awarded to Selby Bridge Company Dec. 9, 2014.
- Construction began Jan. 2015.
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Project signage will reflect the cost of construction engineering, project bid award and sales tax.
How can I get more information?
Claudia Bingham Baker
Olympic Region Communications
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