Question: When will the Tacoma Avenue bridge be reopened? — Margo Repp, Tacoma
Answer: The city says the bridge rehabilitation project will take 15 months, so that puts the reopening just about one year from now — April 2016.
The 1930 bridge is on Tacoma Avenue South between Center and Delin streets and carries traffic over South Tacoma Way and Sound Transit’s Sounder railroad tracks.
Construction on the $12 million project started Feb. 23. The job includes a new, wider bridge deck, streetlights, guardrails and a new paint job.
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When the bridge reopens, vehicle traffic lanes will be reduced to three from the original four-lane configuration. The extra space will be used for wider sidewalks and two bike lanes.
Most of the funding is coming from a $9 million Federal Highway Bridge Program grant. A Transportation Improvement Board grant added $2 million, and the city chipped in with $1 million.