Puyallup River Bridge closes for 9-month construction project

Puyallup River Bridge closure (KOMO Photo)

TACOMA, Wash. -- Commuters in the South Sound faced Day 1 of a nine-month construction project that means the closure of the Puyallup River Bridge.

Crews are replacing three spans of the bridge between Portland and Puyallup Avenues. The detour is a large circle, either taking the Lincoln Bridge or going around and ending up at I-5 and Pacific Highway.

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It's expected to cause additional delays on I-5 through Fife and Tacoma.

Work on the project began in March, but it wasn't until Monday that the work will impact traffic.

WSDOT officials warn a lot of semi trucks that used the bridge to get to Fife and the Port of Tacoma and will now be pushed onto I-5.

The new bridge is not expected to open until February.

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