Project Info

SR 167 - Puyallup River Bridge - Bridge Replacement - Complete December 2015

This project used the design-build method of project delivery.

During summer 2015, WSDOT opened the new bridge to traffic.
Part of that effort was 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.  
  • Dec. 2015 - Project complete.

Project Funding

This project was funded with pre-existing funds for a total of $32,242,000


How can I get more information?

Claudia Bingham Baker
Communications Manager

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