The city of Tacoma announced Wednesday the date that heavier vehicles will have to begin detouring around the Puyallup River bridge linking Tacoma and Fife.
The new weight restrictions, which will limit traffic to vehicles weighing 10 tons or less, will take effect May 7.
They are prompted by a recent bridge inspection that found significant wearing of the bridge's gusset plates. The bridge, which links Puyallup Avenue to Pacific Highway, was built in 1927.
Kate Martin wrote about the bridge's condition and the city's plans to fix it earlier this week.
In its announcement Wednesday, the city said it is preparing signs and notices to inform the public of the change. It expects the new restriction to affect about 400 commercial trucks a day and two Pierce Transit bus routes.