Politics & Government

Tacoma council to vote on $10.5 million bridge repair contract

The Tacoma City Council could approve a $10.5 million contract Tuesday to rehabilitate an 84-year-old bridge across a gulch near Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

The Tacoma Avenue South bridge connects that street to Delin Street over South Tacoma Way.

A federal grant will cover $8 million and a state grant another $2 million. The city of Tacoma would pick up the remaining cost. Aberdeen construction firm Quigg Brothers will do the work.

After construction begins in two to three months, it will take about 15 months to complete, said Tacoma Public Works Director Kurtis Kingsolver. During that time the bridge will be closed to traffic.

Chris Larson, engineering division manager, recently said the project will replace the bridge’s deck, sidewalks, streetlamps, guardrails and some of the structural members. The bridge will also receive a fresh coat of paint.

Those who would usually cross that bridge can travel north or south via Pacific Avenue and South Delin Street instead.