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11th Street Bridge Will Close to Traffic
The East 11th Street Bridge is being closed to traffic because it has deteriorated to the point that it is no longer safe. The City of Tacoma made the announcement today.
Deterioration to joints, beams and trusses has progressed slowly but steadily and conditions, in the interest of public safety, now warrant a precautionary closure.
This is not the recently reopened Murray Morgan Bridge, which connects 11th Street running through downtown Tacoma to the other side of the Foss. This 1911 bridge is further east, crossing the Puyallup River. It will be closed to all uses sometime this summer. This follows a 2005 decision to reroute all traffic weighing more than 10 tons.
No word on when (or if) the bridge will be restored to carry traffic again. With a price tag of $40 million to rebuild or $10 million for demolition alone, it certainly doesn't seem likely the funds will be found any time soon for such a large project.
The bridge isn't closed yet, and a firm closure date hasn't been set either, but it seems wise to plan not to include the bridge in your travel plans anytime soon.
Read the full press release here.
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