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SR 167 - Puyallup River Bridge - Bridge Replacement

Project status: Complete

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


December 2015

  • After successful relocation to nearby WSDOT property, the goal is to offer the no longer used 1925 steel truss bridge to another jurisdiction for another purpose. There is a possibility it could be used as a pedestrian or bicycle facility. If unsuccessful, WSDOT will recycle the steel.
  • Check out the time-lapse video of moving the 379-ton bridge away from the Puyallup River and onto WSDOT right of way over the weekend of Aug. 7, 2015. Moving a bridge is not something you see every day!
  • Check here for traffic impacts.
  • In late June 2015, crews opened a newly-built northbound SR 167 bridge over the Puyallup River. The new bridge removes weight and height restrictions that had been in place for several years because of the poor condition of the previous bridge.

This project is using the design-build method of project delivery. WSDOT has opened the new bridge to traffic and is now completing other work to finish the overall project.
Part of that effort will be to relocate the 1925 steel truss bridge off SR 167 and onto state right of way near the Puyallup River.

WSDOT hopes to find a way to reuse the bridge, perhaps for a pedestrian trail at another location. If another use is not found in four years, WSDOT will dismantle and recycle the bridge steel.

Why is WSDOT replacing the SR 167 Puyallup River Bridge?
The previous steel truss bridge, built in 1925, was structurally deficient and functionally obsolete.

Between 2011 and 2015, northbound truckers endured a load restriction requiring vehicles larger than 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight to use the right lane only.

The restriction was required because of deteriorated floor beams in the 1925 bridge. That deterioration was one reason the bridge was funded for replacement. 

When construction on the new bridge began, crews installed steel plates along the underside of the 1925 bridge’s steel truss to reinforce the structure so legal-weight trucks could continue to use the bridge until the replacement bridge was 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.

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?

  • Early 2013 - Request for Qualifications
  • Late 2013  - Design-build contract award to Atkinson Construction/Jacobs Engineering for $23.3 million to design and build a replacement northbound bridge.
  • Summer 2014 - Design complete; steel fabrication begun. 
  • Summer 2015 - New bridge opened to traffic.
  • Aug. 7-10, 2015 - Relocate 1925 steel truss bridge to nearby WSDOT property while seeking alternate use of truss.  
  • Late 2015 - complete project.


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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