Murray Morgan Bridge groundbreaking ceremony April 19

On April 19 at 9 a.m., the City of Tacoma will host a groundbreaking celebration to commemorate the next phase of rehabilitation work for the Murray Morgan Bridge.

The Murray Morgan Bridge, also known as the 11th Street Bridge, is a vital link between downtown and both the East Foss Peninsula and the Port of Tacoma. It provides an emergency route for the Port, Fire and Police services. Bridge access also fosters economic development on the East Foss Peninsula and will improve access to the new Center for Urban Waters, existing businesses and the Port’s proposed development on the east side of the Foss Waterway.

All are welcome to attend the groundbreaking ceremony where City officials will speak on the approach to the bridge near the intersection of A and 11th streets.

A public meeting to learn about the scope of the project, the project sched ule and to ask questions will be held on April 20 at the Foss Waterway Seaport Building, 705 Dock St., from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Construction to fix the lift span and restore vehicle traffic to the bridge is scheduled to begin mid-April and projected to be substantially complete by the end of 2012.

For more information, visit the Murray Morgan Bridge project Web site at .

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For earlier Index coverage of the Murray Morgan Bridge, visit the Index’s archives online for the following articles:

Murray Morgan Bridge to be painted black (03/24/11) —

Back In Black? City proposal would paint Murray Morgan Bridge (03/21/11) —

$49M contract approved for Murray Morgan Bridge rehab (01/05/11) —

Tacoma City Council votes Tuesday on $49M Murray Morgan Bridge rehab contract (01/03/11) —

$20M WSDOT loan would complete Murray Morgan Bridge rehab (09/01/10) —

Bicyclists, pedestrians return to Murray Morgan Bridge (03/31/10) —

Murray Morgan Bridge ribbon-cutting March 31 (03/18/10) —

Murray Morgan Makeover (02/09/10)

Steel cables, heavy equipment signal beginning of Murray Morgan Bridge rehab (01/25/10)

Bridge Support: A chorus of praise for saving Murray Morgan Bridge (12/04/09)

Tacoma City Council approves Murray Morgan Bridge agreement (12/02/09)

City Council to vote Dec. 1 on Murray Morgan Bridge agreement (11/25/09)

Tacoma closer to owning Murray Morgan Bridge (11/19/09)

Murray Morgan Bridge rehab delayed (10/08/09)

Contract awarded for Murray Morgan Bridge cable project (06/17/09)

City, State Murray Morgan Bridge funding negotiations will continue (05/06/09)

Murray Morgan Mojo: $3 million project to replace bridge cables ready to begin (12/16/08)

City, State consider innovative financing plan for Murray Morgan Bridge rehab (12/11/08)

2008 Washington State Endangered Historic Properties — Murray Morgan Bridge (06/11/08)

Murray Morgan Bridge’s Endangered Legacy (05/30/08)

Murray Morgan Bridge tops list of Washington Trust’s annual Most Endangered Historic Properties (05/27/08)

Murray Morgan Bridge closure expensive decision (10/31/07)