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SR 162 - Puyallup River Bridge

Construction Status
Map of SR 162 Puyallup River Bridge View entire map and a before and after diagram of where the new bridge is being built.

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...

Project Photos


Oct. 2015 

  • Click for traffic impact information. 
  • The new SR 162 Puyallup River Bridge opened to traffic Sunday, Sept. 20. WSDOT would like to thank drivers for their patience during the project.
  • The new bridge carries both northbound and southbound traffic.
  • The McMillin Bridge is considered historically significant. Due to its historical designation, the bridge will not be demolished but instead will remain in place.
  • WSDOT will remove the roadway approaches to the old bridge and install bollards to prevent vehicles from driving onto the structure.

Why is WSDOT building a new SR 162 Puyallup River Bridge?

The SR 162 McMillin Bridge showed signs of deterioration, not unusual for a bridge that is almost 80 years old.

The old McMillin Bridge was too narrow to safely accommodate today's traffic. Engineers designed and built a new, wider bridge that meets current engineering and safety standards.

The old 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.

Project Benefits
Safety - This project addresses bridge safety and roadway concerns. The new bridge has wider lanes and shoulders that reduce the potential for collisions. The new bridge is designed to be widened in the future if funds become available.

What is the project timeline?

  • The project was awarded to Selby Bridge Company Dec. 9, 2014.
  • Construction began Jan. 2015.
  • The new bridge opened to traffic on Sept. 20, 2015.

Financial Information

Financial Data for PIN 316219A
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $10,337
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $269
Total $10,606

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

How can I get more information?
Dewayne Matlock
Project Manager

Claudia Bingham Baker
Olympic Region Communications

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