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Murray Morgan Vertical Lift Bridge

The Murray Morgan Bridge, also known as the 11th Street bridge or City Waterway bridge, is a lift bridge in Tacoma, Washington. Built in 1913 to connect downtown to the tideflats, it spans the Thea Foss Waterway, originally known as the City Waterway. Designed by famous bridge designers Waddell & Harrington, the bridge has some unusual features: higher above the water than most lift bridges, construction on a variable grade and an overhead span designed to carry a water pipe. [2] According to the Department of Transportation, the towers are 207' 1 3/4" above the water, with the road deck 60' above the water level at zero tide. It was rebuilt in 1957 and used to route State Route 509 through the tideflats. The bridge was bypassed in the late 1990s when State Route 509 was routed around the edge of the tideflats. While WSDOT wanted to tear down the bridge, the City of Tacoma convinced the state to transfer ownership to the City. However, the bridge has fallen into disrepair in recent years.



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Submitted: 07/15/2009

By: sladys

Location: Tacoma, WA

Category: Bridges/Tunnels

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Jul 15, 2009 - 11:29pm

Here under repair:,-122.432381&ie=UTF8&ll=47.253573,-122.436705&spn=0.017215,0.045276&z=15&layer=c&cbll=47.253596,-122.436565&panoid=Nw9H0pNPtawYWWaz_wghaw&cbp=12,80.63,,0,9.52

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