The Washington State Department of Transportation has issued a Request for Proposals to identify a new owner to relocate and reuse the 1925 State Route 167 Puyallup River/Meridian Street Bridge.
Proposals are due by 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9 and any new owner must more the bridge by mid 2019.
The new owners of the bridge will receive up to $1 million from WSDOT to relocate and reuse the bridge as defined in a transfer agreement.
“We are eager to review proposals and hopefully find a new owner who appreciates the historical significance of the bridge and preserves it for the public to enjoy for years to come,” said WSDOT Historical and Cultural Resource Specialist Stephen Austin.
After more than eight decades of service, WSDOT decommissioned and replaced the bridge in 2015 because it had reached the end of its useful life. The 371-foot-long steel truss has been relocated onto state right of way in Puyallup while WSDOT identifies a new home and owner for the longest riveted steel Warren through-truss span built prior to 1940 in the Washington state highway system.
Additional information about the bridge, including its current condition, history and inspection reports, is available online. If no one meets the specified conditions, the bridge will be demolished as part of the SR 167 Completion Project construction.