Schuster bridge gets new concrete, expected to reopen next month

Crews poured concrete Thursday for a project that’s kept the Schuster Parkway bridge closed for a few weeks.

Work that started Oct. 5 to do maintenance and repair work on the bridge should be done in early November, city of Tacoma project manager Dan Soderlind said.

“The bridge deck has deterioration, and we’re putting a new overlay on it,” he said.

Cracks have started to show in the bridge, he said, and small chunks of concrete are missing in places.

The span sits near North 30th and McCarver streets and was built in the 1970s.

“You actually can see some rebar poking through,” Soderlind said.

Before pouring the concrete and replacing expansion joints, crews used high-pressure water to take off the top half inch of the old stuff.

The new maintenance should last between 20 and 40 years, he estimated.

The work is being funded through the federal bridge program by a grant Tacoma got in 2013. The project cost is about $800,000, Soderlind said.