Buses, large trucks can no longer cross aging Tacoma bridge
TACOMA -- Truck drivers like Jerry Juneau will soon have to find a different way across the Puyallup River in Tacoma after a recent inspection of an aging bridge. Tacoma Public Works Director Kurtis Kingsolver says the 90-year-old Puyallup River Bridge has what’s called a cracked gusset plate, a large, flat piece of metal under the deck that supports the weight of traffic. That is the same type of deficiency that caused the 2007 Minneapolis bridge collapse. The concern now is that the bridge may not be strong enough to hold large loads.