Major traffic impacts expected for SR 167 Puyallup River Bridge closures
As of 11:50 a.m. Sunday, July 13, southbound State Route 167 over the Puyallup River reopened to traffic following successful resurfacing work.
The parallel northbound SR 167 Puyallup River Bridge, however, will remain closed until 5 a.m. Monday, July 14. In addition, North Levee Road and 4th Street under the Puyallup River Bridges will also remain closed until that time.
Both bridges had been scheduled to reopen Sunday following relocation of the 1925 northbound steel truss bridge 60 feet east of its original location, and resurfacing of the southbound bridge. The northbound bridge move has proved more challenging. A combination of equipment failures, unusually hot weather and a bridge resistant to being freed from its 89-year home have required more time than originally planned.
As of 9 a.m. Sunday, the bridge had been successfully relocated to its new home using a system of rails similar to the system used to move the I-5 Skagit River bridge into place earlier this year. Crews now face the task of placing the bridge onto new bridge piers by using hydraulic jacks to lower it approximately two feet into place. Once that work is complete, crews will finish the roadway connections to the bridge on both sides of the river.
Signed detours will remain in place for the northbound bridge closure. WSDOT asks drivers to help keep traffic moving by rescheduling or eliminating discretionary trips, allowing plenty of time to reach their destinations, and consider using alternate forms of transportation such as transit.
Through 5 a.m. Monday, July 13, northbound SR 167 drivers will be detoured via SR 161 and SR 512. The North Levee Road will also detour via Freeman Road East and Valley Avenue East.
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