Murray Morgan Bridge: Proposal would install signage on counterweights

Tacoma's Landmarks Preservation Commission will consider a proposal to install letter signage on the Murray Morgan Bridge.

Tacoma’s Landmarks Preservation Commission will consider a proposal to install letter signage on the Murray Morgan Bridge.

The plan calls for the words “City of Tacoma,” “Port of Tacoma,” and “Thea Foss Waterway” to be spelled out in 48-foot-tall inch-tall letters on the bridge’s two east and west counterweights, according to Tacoma public works engineer Tom Rutherford. Commissioners will also consider which counterweights will receive the signage and the font. If the plan is approved, it would be a return to form of sorts for the old bridge. A historic photograph circa 1915 shows similar historic lettering on the counterweights.

The Murray Morgan Bridge is listed on the Washington Heritage Register of Historic Places, the National Register of Historic Places, and Tacoma’s Register of Historic Places. It is currently undergoing a $57 million rehabilitation that is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.

The landmarks commission is scheduled to discuss the proposal during its meeting on Weds., Aug. 8 at 5 p.m. at the Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market St., Room 248. A copy of the agenda and meeting materials are available online here.

Tacoma's Landmarks Preservation Commission will consider a proposal to install letter signage on the Murray Morgan Bridge. (IMAGES COURTESY CITY OF TACOMA)

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