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SR 162 - Puyallup River Bridge

Design Phase
Map of SR 162 Puyallup River Bridge View entire map.

SR 162 Puyallup River Bridge or McMillin Bridge is on National Historic Register

The SR 162 Puyallup River Bridge (or McMillin Bridge) is on the National Register of Historic Places. Find out more...


Nov. 2014 

  • This project is scheduled to undergo competitive bidding.
  • Utility relocations are under way.
  • Property acquisition is complete.
  • See the Washington State Travel Alerts page for traffic information.

Why is WSDOT designing 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 bridge is too narrow to safely accommodate today's traffic. Engineers are designing a new bridge with a wider roadway width that meets current engineering and safety standards.

Because the current (McMillin) bridge is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, WSDOT must comply with federal law, which requires that alternatives be developed and evaluated that could avoid, minimize, or mitigate adverse effects to the historic structure. To that end, we are seeking public input.

Anyone wishing to be a consulting party in this evaluation process should contact Roger Kiers, WSDOT Archaeologist, at 360-570-6638,

The End Result
The end result is a new wider, safer bridge.

Project Benefits
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?
Construction is expected to start in early 2015.

Financial Information

Financial Data for PIN 316219A
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $11,013
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $551
Total $11,564

Project signage will reflect the cost of construction engineering, project bid award and sales tax.

How can I get more information?
Steve Fuchs
Project Manager

Claudia Bingham Baker
Olympic Region Communications

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