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East 11th Street Bridge Corridor Study

Open House to Learn About the East 11th Street Bridge Corridor Study

Thank you to those who joined us on March 14, 2019, for an open house to review alternatives for replacing or rehabilitating the East 11th Street Bridge. If you weren't able to attend, please take our 11th Street Corridor Study Survey to share your thoughts.

 

Project Overview

The City of Tacoma is studying alternatives for the East 11th Street Bridge Corridor to determine whether the bridge over the Puyallup River and viaduct should be replaced, repaired, relocated or demolished without replacement.

 

Description

The East 11th Street Bridge spanning the Puyallup River and attached viaduct have been closed to all uses since 2014. The bridge, built in 1911, was closed for public safety due to deterioration of joints, beams and trusses.

 Map of 11th St Bridge

 

The East 11th Street Bridge Corridor study evaluated the potential for replacement, repair, relocation or demolition of the current bridge and viaduct structure. The corridor study is considering: 

  • Port area-wide evacuation routes and emergency response times
  • Connectivity, vehicular traffic, congestion, and circulation
  • Freight mobility and goods movement
  • Port terminal operations
  • Tribal interests
  • Bicycle and pedestrian improvements
  • Utilities and environmental regulations

The City evaluated a range of alternatives against screening criteria. The project team has developed concept plans for the three top alternatives and will share those with the community for comment. 

  • Alternative A: Replace the existing bridge and viaduct with a new bridge and viaduct. This alternative includes three travel lanes with bike lanes and sidewalks on each side.
  • Alternative B: Rehabilitate the existing bridge and viaduct. This alternative includes two travel lanes and a shared multi-purpose path.
  • Alternative C: Replace the existing bridge and viaduct with a new bridge and partial viaduct. This alternative includes two travel lanes and a shared multi-purpose path, changes to the elevation of the viaduct, and a new intersection at Milwaukee Way.

View diagrams of the alternatives.

 

A Corridor Study Report will document the screening process and evaluation of final alternatives and recommend a future project.

 

Outreach and Public Involvement

The City interviewed stakeholders along the corridor to better understand current travel routes and needs in the area. A public meeting was held on March 14, 2019 to share project alternatives and gather comments from the community.

 

Funding

The total cost for the corridor study is estimated at $135,000 and is funded by the City of Tacoma.

 

Schedule

Stakeholder interviews were conducted in spring 2018, with an open house to review alternatives on March 14, 2019. The final Corridor Study Report will be submitted in 2019.

 

Be Informed, Get Involved

Contact Steve Carstens, City Project Manager at (253) 591-5263 or by email with questions, concerns or comments.