Pierce County's 176th Street East bridge opens Monday

Pierce County officials have announced the 176th Street East bridge in the Frederickson area will reopen on Monday, just in time for the afternoon commute. 176th Street East was closed for four months between the bridge and 38th Avenue East as the new concrete bridge was being constructed. The new bridge and reconstructed roadway will have two lanes of traffic in each direction as well as a median and left turn lanes. Drivers may still face delays as work is completed on street lights and traffic signals. Traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction on 176th between Canyon Road and Waller Road until early December. The new bridge is part of the 3-year facelift 176th Street East is undergoing to make room for growth in the area. When the project is done, 176th Street East (from Waller Road East to 51st Street East and from Canyon Road East to Gem Heights Drive East) will have two lanes in each direction, left turn lanes, new sidewalks, street lights, and traffic signals. The projects were financed with property taxes, real estate excise taxes, grants from the state, and municipal bonds. The work on these portions of 176th Street East are on track to be completed in late fall 2012. For more information on all of the 176th Street East improvements, visit http://www.piercecountywa.org/fredericksonarea .