Project Update for October 2016: The project is under design. The biological Assessment has just been completed and reviewed before submittal for permitting.
The Milwaukee Bridge was originally built in 1962 by Pierce County Public Works. This cast-in-place box girder bridge spans the Puyallup River at Milwaukee Ave NE and 5th Street NE in Puyallup. It has been determined the expected life span of the existing bridge is 10 years (+/-). Depending on the future bridge inspection results, closure of the bridge could be sooner than the expected 10 year life span. In response to a request for proposal for funding from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the City now has the opportunity to take advantage of an 80% cost share, up to $10,000,000 grant from the FHWA. The Veterans Bridge Project is currently at the 30% design plan stage. Specific point in the design are being addressed such as, sight distance, utility relocation, determination of right-of-way needs, and structural layout. The existing structure consists of an approximately 250 foot long main span structure. There are 3 approach spans on the south side and 1 approach span on the north side. The main span is a common cast-in-place concrete box structure, The new structure will introduce pre-stressing tendons in the existing box structure. The south approach spans will be replaced in total with one approach span on both the north and south side of the structure. the design team is moving towards finalizing the right of way plans, begin the environmental process, and moving towards 60% design plan submittal. Construction is anticipated to begin at the end of 2017 to early 2018.