The Pierce County Council has barred big trucks from using a busy bridge connecting River Road to the city of Fife.
The council’s action extends a restriction that was approved by the Fife City Council in March to reduce traffic congestion on the George Milroy Bridge, which is jointly owned by the city and the county.
The limits prevent semi trucks towing trailers longer than 28 feet from crossing the steel-truss, two-lane bridge that spans the Puyallup River at 66th Avenue East and River Road.
The bridge’s narrow lanes make it impossible for long trucks to use without crossing over into the lane of oncoming traffic. The congestion can result in cars having to back off the bridge to let trucks pass.
Built in 1931, the Milroy Bridge already has a height limit. It is considered functionally obsolete and fracture critical, meaning it is far narrower than comparable contemporary bridges and failure of one component could cause failure of the entire span.
The county prohibition will take effect after the ordinance is signed by County Executive Pat McCarthy and restriction signs are put in place.