FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 18, 2012
Karrie Spitzer, Community Relations, email@example.com, (253) 591-5790
Dan Soderlind, Public Works, firstname.lastname@example.org, (253) 591-5263
The Hylebos Bridge, which spans the Hylebos Waterway on the east side of the Tacoma Tideflats, will re-open on Monday, May 21. The rehabilitation work to return the bridge to its regular operating conditions is complete.
The rehabilitation included structural and mechanical replacements and repairs, electrical system replacements and repairs, and improvements to the existing stormwater system.
“It is critical that we continue to invest in infrastructure to ensure the competitiveness of moving goods in and out of the Port of Tacoma,” said council member Jake Fey. “This bridge will also improve access for emergency services and will provide more convenient access to and from Northeast Tacoma for residents and businesses.”
In early 2001, a drive shaft on the northeast section of the movable bridge deck failed, causing the bridge to become inoperable. In order to allow ship navigation on the Hylebos Waterway, cables were used to hold both sections of the bridge deck in the open position.