Bridge carrying state Route 167 traffic over Puyallup River reopens

The state reopened the bridge that carries northbound state Route 167 traffic across the Puyallup River early Monday after delays over the weekend.

The bridge was supposed to open Sunday, but mechanical problems with suspension jacks and the effects of the recent heat led to the delay, said Brenden Clarke, a project manager with the state Department of Transportation.

“Everything runs a little slower when it’s hot,” he said.

Crews moved the 89-year-old bridge 60 feet east Saturday to make room for a new bridge on the original location.

Residents can expect the new northbound bridge to be completed October 2015, Clarke said. The new bridge will be two lanes with the option of expanding to five if necessary in the future.