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Aug. 20, 2012 at 7:04am

Hylebos Waterway Bridge: Fixed

Progress sacrifices a quirky icon

Ladies and gentlemen, let us mourn together. An icon of Tacoma's skyline is no longer. Yes, the Hylebos Waterway bridge is no longer stuck in the upright position and has been fixed. The formerly stuck open drawbridge is now open -- for cars. And boats. Because it can open again. And close. For both. It's not broke.

The above, rather unremarkable photo, shows the new/old crossing to/from the Port of Tacoma is smooth and stable. Gone are the wood piling supported and wood bridge deck approaches replaced by the Quigg Brothers (fomerly of Winthrop fix-up promise fame -- remember this morning meeting?) with sturdy, cement and asphalt.

As much of a fan of progress as I am, however, this extension of 11th Street may never be the same icon of urban decay or photo subject it once was. Now? It's just a humble drawbridge. So long, old friend.

Hylebos Waterway Art Bridge
2001 ~ 2012

8/31/2009 - Hylebos Bridge Under Wraps
2/18/2007 - Tacoma Photo Gang - Shot da Tideflats

comments [4]  |  posted under bridge, construction, port of tacoma, tacoma, tide flats


by fredo on 8/20/2012 @ 7:38am

thanks for this good news Kevin.

by KevinFreitas on 8/20/2012 @ 8:38am
As much as I kid it's great news indeed! To soon also have the Murray Morgan bridge back open will be another great sign of progress around here.

by cisserosmiley on 8/20/2012 @ 10:03am
Tacoma is a city that sampled every crazy bridge tech out there...the 11th street lifts straight up, the hylebos cranks up 90 degrees, and the narrows has plate reader cameras & toll booths from the 1920's operating simultaneously.

by L.S.Erhardt on 8/20/2012 @ 11:23am
Funny that you should post this. The bridge has been open about a month now, and I was driving over it yesterday and took this photo:


Although I have another home on the web I thought it might be nice to lead by example a bit and put this blog system up to the test myself.

So far, so good... Funny how I build web tools for other people that are far better than the one's I have setup over on KFnet.


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