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City of Sumner Unveils New Bridge Plan

Rendering of the new Bridge Street bridge.

On 24 May 2017, the City of Sumner celebrated the groundbreaking of the Bridge Street Bridge by unveiling the rendering of the new design. The existing bridge, a Parker truss bridge built in 1927—a landmark in Sumner, Washington—has been the focus of their yearly holiday lighting ceremony and is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. This bridge serves as a vital link between the downtown and industrial areas that are to the east of the bridge and the Old Cannery Furniture Warehouse just on the west side of the bridge. Recently, a load restriction of 12 tons was posted and enforced on the bridge.

Replacing the historic 90-year-old steel truss bridge over the White River, the new BergerABAM design incorporates decorative elements that are reminiscent of the old bridge’s architecture, such as acorn-style lights and lanterns strung over the widened roadway. In addition, a small commemorative park at the new bridge’s west end will include a section of the old bridge’s structure, as well as information about the old bridge’s place in the region’s history.