Murray Morgan Bridge re-opening ceremony Feb. 15

The City of Tacoma plans to celebrate the 100th anniversary and re-opening of the Murray Morgan Bridge at noon on...

The City of Tacoma plans to celebrate the 100th anniversary and re-opening of the Murray Morgan Bridge at noon on Fri., Feb. 1, with a week of special events.

The festivities will kick off on Tues., Feb. 5, when Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland will officially declare Feb. 11-16 as Murray Morgan Bridge Week.

The celebration will also include an evening 5-kilometer fun run and walk through downtown Tacoma and over the bridge at 6 p.m. on Thurs., Feb. 14. Organizers are asking participants to wear head lamps or carry flashlights or glow sticks in order to “light the bridge.” The event starts at 11th and A St. Advance registration is required ($10 before Feb. 11, $15 after) and provided by Tacoma City Marathon Association. Shirts are available for an additional $10 (participants must register by Thurs., Feb. 7 to be guaranteed a shirt). Race packets will be available on Weds., Feb. 13, between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at Fleet Feet, located at 3812 North 26th Street, in Tacoma.

On Fri., Feb. 15, at 10 a.m., the City of Tacoma will host a rededication and christening ceremony that will include remarks by Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland and a procession of classic cars provided by LeMay–America’s Car Museum.

“The city is expecting a large crowd . . . and would like to make this a community-wide celebration,” wrote Mayor Strickland and Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber President and CEO Tom Pierson in a Jan. 22 letter to local businesses. “Let’s give attendees a special reason to support local business.”

Strickland and Pierson are encouraging business owners to provide special incentives, such as discounts and food and beverage specials. If you are a business owner who would like to participate, contact Kacie McKinney at kcmckinney@jayray.com by Fri., Feb. 1.

***UPDATE — The following businesses are celebrating Murray Morgan Bridge Week with specials and discounts Feb. 11 – 16:

*Embellish Multispace Salon
$5 brow or lip waxes
Say: “I LOVE the Murray Morgan Bridge” to redeem

*Harmon Brewing Company
Offering a specially brewed 11th St. IPA at Harmon Brewery & Eatery, The Hub and The Tap Room

*Meconi’s Tacoma Pub & Eatery
Harmon Brewing Co. 11th St. IPA on tap (while supplies last)

*Puget Sound Pizza
Harmon Brewing Co. 11th St. IPA on tap (while supplies last)

*Smooth & Juicey
Free boosts for any smoothie and $2 pour over coffees
Say: “I LOVE the Murray Morgan Bridge” to redeem

*Tacoma Comedy Club
Harmon Brewing Co. 11th St. IPA on tap (while supplies last)

*Tacoma Food Co-Op
One free small cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea with a purchase when at checkout
Say: “I LOVE the Murray Morgan Bridge” to redeem

*The Mix
Harmon Brewing Co. 11th St. IPA on tap (while supplies last)

*The Office
Harmon Brewing Co. 11th St. IPA on tap (while supplies last)

*The Red Hot
11% off the Murray Morgan Brat Feb. 11-15

*The Swiss
Harmon Brewing Co. 11th St. IPA on tap (while supplies last)

*Treo
Harmon Brewing Co. 11th St. IPA on tap (while supplies last)

*Two Koi
Harmon Brewing Co. 11th St. IPA on tap (while supplies last)

*Vinum Coffee & Wine Lounge
$5 sandwich or salad
$3 any 16oz coffee
Say: “I LOVE the Murray Morgan Bridge” to redeem

The Murray Morgan Bridge has been closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic since November 2007 when a Washington State Department of Transportation inspection deemed the bridge structurally deficient. In January 2011, the City of Tacoma kicked off the almost two-year project of rehabilitating the bridge and restoring it to its original color.

NOTE: This post will be updated as more information about “Murray Morgan Bridge Week” becomes available.

To read the Tacoma Daily Index‘s complete and comprehensive coverage of the Murray Morgan Bridge rehabilitation, click on the following links:

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