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SR 167 - Puyallup River Bridge - Bridge Replacement

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The existing northbound bridge, built in 1925, was replaced because it is reaching the end of its useful life.


July 2015

  • All lanes of northbound SR 167 have reopened after crews linked the highway to the new bridge. 
  • Watch a time-lapse video of the July, 2014 SR 167 Puyallup River bridge move.

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

WSDOT determined this project was awarded based on a two-step design-build process due to the complex soil conditions. WSDOT provided the design-build team with a baseline structure and construction staging approach, with the opportunity to propose innovations to the baseline plan.

WSDOT obtained 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 restriction is due to floor beam deterioration that was detected during a routine bridge inspection. Due to the load restriction and structural deterioration, the bridge replacement project was funded and advanced ahead of the SR 167 – Tacoma to Edgewood New Freeway Construction project.

Crews previously 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 bridge until the replacement bridge is complete.

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

The new bridge is designed with the capacity to add new lanes in the future if funding becomes available.

WSDOT is working with King and Pierce counties to explore whether the steel truss bridge can be reused elsewhere for bicycles and pedestrians.

Project Benefits
Improved Structure: The new structure is 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.
  • 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.
  • The Design-Build team of Atkinson/Jacobs completed design of the new steel plate girder bridge superstructure to allow steel fabrication to begin during the summer of 2014.
  • New bridge opened to traffic June, 2015.
  • During summer 2015, the 1925 steel truss bridge will be relocated to nearby WSDOT property.  
  • Project 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?
Dewayne Matlock
Project Manager

Claudia Bingham Baker
Communications Manager

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