Tacoma's Murray Morgan Bridge is back after six years

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by JAKE WHITTENBERG / KING 5 NEWS

NWCN.com

Posted on February 1, 2013 at 8:31 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 1 at 5:49 PM

Nearly six years after it was deemed one of the most unsafe bridges in the country, Tacoma’s Murray Morgan Bridge in will carry traffic once again starting Friday at noon.

The 100 year old span, which is the best connection to the Port of Tacoma was rehabilitated with a brand new support structure and protective coat of paint.

The city of Tacoma has reduced the bridge from four lanes to just two to make room for a bike path and sidewalk.

Nearly 5,000 cars per day use the span but traffic is not expected to be impacted by the lane reduction.

In 2007, the Washington Department of Transportation closed the bridge because steel was deteriorated. The $57 million rehabilitation project was paid with federal transportation dollars.


 

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