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SR 167 - Puyallup River Bridge - Bridge Replacement


April 2014

  • Drivers using SR 167 in both directions will experience brief a rolling slowdown between midnight and 2 a.m. on Friday, April 18 for utility work.
  • The Design-Build team of Atkinson/Jacobs is finalizing the design of the new steel plate girder bridge superstructure to allow steel fabrication to begin soon.
  • The project team has established a staging area and is preparing to begin construction in May. Crews will construct a temporary alignment east of the steel truss bridge. Crews will move the bridge to the new route to allow construction of the new bridge.
  • Crews installed steel plates along the underside of the bridge’s steel truss to reinforce the structure so legal-weight trucks can continue to use the 89-year old bridge until the replacement bridge is complete. 
  • The Design-Build team is close to finalizing the roadway and substructure design for the new bridge. 
  • On October 3, 2013, WSDOT awarded a design-build contract to Atkinson Construction for $23.3 million to design and build a replacement northbound bridge over the Puyallup River. 
  • Construction of the new bridge is scheduled to begin May, 2014 and be completed by the fall of 2015.

This project will use the design-build method of project delivery. WSDOT is completing the preliminary design parameters for the new bridge and alignment, project staging, construction, and ultimate configuration.

WSDOT determined this project will be awarded based on a two-step design-build process due to the complex soil conditions. WSDOT will provide potential design-build teams with a baseline structure and construction staging approach in the Request For Proposals. Design-build teams will be provided an opportunity to propose innovations to the baseline plan.

WSDOT will obtain the right-of-way and environmental permits necessary to complete the project.

Why is WSDOT replacing the SR 167 Puyallup River Bridge?

The existing steel bridge built in 1925 is structurally deficient and functionally obsolete.

In January of 2011, WSDOT implemented a load restriction requiring vehicles larger than 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight to use the right lane only. This is due to floor beam deterioration that was detected during a routine bridge inspection. Due to the load restriction and structural deterioration, the replacement of the bridge has been fully funded and advanced ahead of the SR 167 – Tacoma to Edgewood New Freeway Construction project.

The End Result
This project replaces the existing northbound bridge with a new two lane structure, preserving the structural and functional integrity of the roadway.

Project Benefits

Improved Structure: The new structure will be designed and built to current engineering and seismic standards.

Safety: Wider shoulder, lanes, and an 8-foot sidewalk will enhance bicycle and pedestrian safety.

What is the project timeline?
WSDOT advertised the Request for Qualifications during spring of 2013. The Design-Build team will be on board by fall of 2013. Design is expected to be complete by the summer 2014 at which time construction will commence. Construction of the new bridge is scheduled to be complete by late 2015.

Financial Information

Financial Data for PIN 316725A
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $0
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $31,242
Total $31,242

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

How can I get more information?
Brenden Clarke
Project Manager

Claudia Bingham Baker
Communications Manager

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