Morgan's Brain

Sep. 17, 2008 at 9:46am

Call to Restore the Murray Morgan Bridge

There's a great guest op-ed piece in the TNT today calling on the Tacoma Pierce County Chamber of Commerce to "to convene government, business and community leaders to plan the path forward."

It seems like a no-brainer to me, but I've heard from reputable sources that there is an unseen, yet strongly felt force in Tacoma which prevents some things that make sense from actually occurring. The effort to save the Chihuly Bridge of Glass is a classic example. Some attribute it to Tacoma's Illuminati. But I digress.

Let's hope the Chamber heeds the call and takes up the challenge. Tacoma built the bridge before, there's no reason we can't rebuild it again.

Read all about it: Restore the bridge, remove the roadblock


comments [7]  |  posted under chihuly, Illuminati, save the bridge, tacoma


by KevinFreitas on 9/17/2008 @ 10:09am
I definitely support keeping the Murray Morgan and restoring it for use. Though the Port wants little to do with it I'd love to see the east side of the Foss get some new development -- resident, commercial, museum, or otherwise. Letting a huge local resource decay or be removed seems like a complete waste considering how hard it is to ever get anything like that built in the first place.

by morgan on 9/17/2008 @ 10:43am
I'm curious why you say the Port wants little to do with it. I know at least one or two Port Commission Board Members would like to see it restored, but I haven't talked with all of them. In theory, the Port's Executive Director works for the Board, right?

by KevinFreitas on 9/17/2008 @ 11:14am
Oh, I'm speaking from speculation considering how it seems any cross Foss project has landed dead in the water (so to speak) and how voraciously they're gobbling up land in the Tideflats. Is the reason 11th doesn't go all the way through because of the Port's wishes? And what of our fair Hylebos Bridge? Pretty sure if the Port wanted those two connections in place it would happen.

/removes conspiracy hat

by morgan on 9/17/2008 @ 11:58am
All that being said, I don't understand why the Port isn't more engaged in helping find solutions for reopening the bridge for emergency access or even access to their proposed office building development.

by fredo on 9/17/2008 @ 1:05pm
The cost of bridge repairs seems pretty high to me and all we'll get is an old bridge with some new parts. I understand that the bridge is an interesting and perhaps historical relic. OTOH it's ugly as sin.

by morgan on 9/17/2008 @ 3:48pm
I agree it's not the Brooklyn Bridge, but I think we are taking this old relic for granted. There aren't too many century-old steel bridges left in Tacoma and they aren't making any more.

Further, the cost to make the bridge usable again is far less than the cost of a new one. And I'm guessing any replacement would not look nearly as interesting.

by fredo on 9/18/2008 @ 1:32pm
Morgan@There is some utility for having a bridge across 11th street, but we do have a beautiful new bridge just a mile or so south. That was built to provide access to the port when the Morgan (now I see why you like it) bridge became obsolete as it now has. The Morgan bridge problem could be summed up in the Neil Young album title: Rust Never Sleeps