333 S. Meridian, Puyallup, WA 98371 - 253-841-4321

City of Puyallup

Veterans Memorial Bridge (Milwaukee Bridge Replacement Project)

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 and consists of one main span (200 LF) and five (5) approach spans. The total length of the crossing is 472 LF.

The 2011 sufficiency rating for the Milwaukee Bridge was 15.32, and is Structurally Deficient (SD) as well as Functionally Obsolete (FO). The bridge was posted with load restrictions in 2009. The 2012 Average Daily Trips (ADT) on the existing span is 9,733 and the future (2032) ADT is anticipated to be 17,750. It should be noted the bridge is still safe to drive and walk on! A sufficiency rating is just a way to measure the components of the bridge and measure the state of its various components. The bridge is constantly being monitored per mandated State and Federal guidelines. If the bridge were ever to pose a threat to the traveling public, the City, working with State officials, would take the steps necessary to ensure the public’s safety

The bridge deck is 26 feet wide, is considered functionally obsolete, and consists of two lanes (one each direction) at 12-feet wide with 1-foot shoulders. There is a sidewalk on one side only and does not meet current ADA requirements. 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 an opportunity to take advantage of an 80% cost share, up to $10,000,000 grant from the FHWA. Staff is also trying to obtain an additional $2.5 million of Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) funding through the State. If successful, this grant would pay for the balance of funding needed for this project.

To learn more about this bridge, replacement project, and potential funding read the Milwaukee Bridge Report (February 2013).