Drivers traveling on State Route 167 during the weekend of July 11 need to plan for delays as contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation work to move the northbound Puyallup River Bridge 60 feet to the east. Moving the bridge will give design-build contractor, Atkinson Construction, the space they need to begin building a new northbound SR 167 span over the Puyallup River. Relocating a 379-ton steel truss bridge will require contractor crews to close SR 167 across the Puyallup River for most of the weekend.
Weekend bridge closure details: At 9 p.m. Friday, July 11, all lanes of northbound and southbound SR 167 will close at the Puyallup River in Puyallup. The closure will remain in effect through 2 p.m., Sunday, July 13. Drivers will follow signed detour routes via SR 512. In addition to moving the northbound bridge, contractor crews will also work to resurface the concrete along the southbound bridge deck.
The actual bridge move is scheduled to begin the morning of Saturday, July 12. The move will be a slow process and will take most of the day to complete. Once the bridge has been relocated, crews will use the remainder of the weekend to pave roadway connections to both ends of the bridge and inspect it for any necessary repairs. Earlier this year the bridge was strengthened with steel plates to ensure it could be used as a detour during construction of the new bridge.
Drivers who need to travel through Puyallup during the weekend of July 11 should allow extra time to travel along the detour, travel early in the morning or later in the evening, reschedule discretionary trips, ride transit, carpool, or use other alternate forms of transportation. All current weight restrictions will remain in force once the northbound bridge re-opens to traffic.