Murray Morgan Bridge Update: Public meeting, bridge opening planned

The next public meeting to discuss the Murray Morgan Bridge rehabilitation will be held today from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Foss Harbor Marina offices located at 821 Dock St. Topics for discussion will be status of work, upcoming activities, process for filing claims, and any community concerns or questions.

Beginning Mon., Dec. 12 and continuing through Fri., Dec. 23, Cliff Street will be closed at the bridge to allow the painting contractor to erect containment to remove existing paint on the bridge over Cliff Street and to paint this area. Due to the low clearance at Cliff Street, the containment will require closure of Cliff Street. During the closure, Cliff Street from the bridge to 12th Street will be a two-way street.

The next scheduled Bridge opening will be from Sat., Dec. 24, 2011 through Sun., Jan. 1, 2012. Until that time, the bridge will be closed except for emergency openings, and in those cases, 12 hour advance notice will be required. Similarly, there has been a request to have the January bridge opening the weekend of January 13 through 15 to accommodate tall ships coming in that weekend. The contractor is able to accommodate this request with the bridge being open Friday afternoon, but is allowing one week for any further comments or suggestions regarding this date.

The painting contractor continues paint removal and priming the steel immediately below the city approach deck, which is expected to last through December. Paint removal and priming on the city approach columns and support steel will occur into February. On the trusses, gusset plates are being installed and strengthening of the bottom chord is underway. Demolition of the south half of the deck will progress from the lift span to the east truss. The Port approach column jackets will be grouted to the columns once warmer weather occurs. Core drilling for seismic restrainers on the Port approach is scheduled to begin next week. Pier 3 retrofit activities will continue through next week.

Additional project information, including a link to construction cameras, is provided on the project Web site at . To be added to the City’s email distribution list, send your contact information to Nadine Daly at . Concerns related to project construction activities can be reported to the project office at (253) 267-7133.

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

Tacoma City Council committee approves elevator, staircase for Murray Morgan Bridge (11/09/11) —

Murray Morgan Bridge elevator, staircase discussion continues (11/04/11) —

Murray Morgan Bridge community meeting Nov. 2 (10/30/11) —

Murray Morgan Bridge rehabilitation could include new elevator (10/14/11) —

Winds batter Murray Morgan Bridge cover (09/26/11) —

Murray Morgan Bridge work will cause East ‘D’ Street closure (09/19/11) —

Traffic flaggers on Dock Street this week (09/13/11) —

Murray Morgan Bridge project means temporary I-705 nighttime closures (07/20/11) —

Murray Morgan Bridge Dock Street stairs to close July 5 (06/28/11) —

Falcons call Murray Morgan Bridge home (again) (06/09/11) —

Murray Morgan Bridge groundbreaking ceremony April 19 (04/04/11) —

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)