The Milwaukee Bridge was built in 1962 by Pierce County Public Works. This cast-in-place concrete bridge spans the Puyallup River at Milwaukee Ave. NE and NE 5th St.
Several years ago, the bridge was inspected and projected to provide about ten more years of use. Either the bridge must be rehabilitated at this time, using existing components, or its condition will continue to deterioriate to the point of non-use (i.e. permanent closure).
In order to preserve this valued vehicle access across the river, the City sought funding from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and was awarded an 80% cost share grant up to $10,000,000.
This project is expected to go out to bid in 2019, with construction in 2019/2020.
May 2019 Update:
All of the necessary property rights have been acquired for this project. The City has submitted for the required shoreline permit, which remains in process. Bid documents are nearing completion and the project may go out to bid as early as July.
If bid results are within budget, the project will be awarded and begin construction. The anticipated time for construction is 365 working days (approximately 18 months).
The bridge will be closed during construction. All cross-river traffic including from Benston Road will be detoured to Meridian.
November/December 2016 Update:
The City will seek a boundary line adjustment so that the entire project on the north side of the bridge will be within Puyallup's city limits.
The City is also reviewing the total costs for the project to determine if it will request an increase to the original grant amount.
October 2016 Update:
This project is under design. The biological assessment, which addresses flood plains and Endangered Species Act impacts, has been completed and will be reviewed before permits are submitted.
The design for the replacement structure addressed components such as sight distances, utility relocations, right-of-way needs and structural layout. The three current south approach spans will be consolidated and replaced with one approach span.