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After more than eight decades of service, the State Route 167 (Meridian Street) Bridge over the Puyallup River has been retired, and now the Washington State Department of Transportation is launching an effort to find a new home for the bridge.
Originally built in 1925, the bridge was decommissioned in 2015 after a replacement bridge was built. It has been removed from its long-time location spanning the Puyallup River and is now in storage on adjacent WSDOT property. While in use, the historic bridge sported the longest (371 foot) riveted steel, Warren-type through-truss span built prior to 1940 on the Washington State highway system. The Warren truss is a type of bridge design that uses triangular units to spread out loads on the bridge.
Parties seeking a unique way to preserve Washington's history might consider relocating and preserving this historic structure. The new owner will be responsible for maintaining the bridge and the features that give it its historical significance and continued eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places. The new owner will also assume all future legal and financial responsibility for the structure. This offer to take ownership and relocate this bridge from a WSDOT storage location is available until June 2019.
Those who are interested should visit the SR 167 Puyallup River Bridge website


Each summer in Washington State, an average of 149 people die in traffic crashes. That is the deadliest season of the year on our roads.
During all of 2016, impaired drivers were involved in crashes that resulted in 277 deaths and another 371 serious injuries. These crashes are tragic and adding to the tragedy, they are completely preventable.
That is why extra DUI patrols will be out statewide from Aug. 18 through Sept. 4. The patrols will be looking for drunk or drugged drivers, and will uphold all traffic laws.
In Pierce County, the Bonney Lake, Dupont, Fife, Fircrest, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, Milton, Puyallup, Ruston, Steilacoom, Sumner, Tacoma and University Place Police Departments, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, and the Washington State Patrol will be canvassing the roadways in search of impaired drivers.
The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is designed to encourage all drivers to make the right choice. Designate a sober, drug-free driver, take a cab, catch a ride share, Uber, Lyft or walk with a friend.
These extra patrols are part of Target Zero – striving to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030. For more information, visit


In an effort to encourage girls and young women to consider a career in the law, Pierce County’s Superior Court is hosting the National Association of Women Judges, Color of Justice Program, on Aug. 17.
The one-day event seeks to encourage girls, aged 11-18 years old, to consider a career in the law and the judiciary. The program features time for the girls to meet, participate with, and observe the legal process through the eyes of female members of the judiciary. More than 80 girls from across Western Washington are registered to attend.
Pierce County Superior Court Judge G. Helen Whitener has championed and coordinated the event to connect girls from marginalized communities to female judges who can mentor and empower them. Judge Whitener, who emigrated from Trinidad & Tobago and is a member of the LGBTQ community, has been nationally recognized for her work to bring greater diversity to the judiciary.
“It is important that we create a space to foster diversity in all of its forms,” said Judge Whitener. “To the extent that diversity is not reflected in our legal system, we need to create it. That’s why I’m focused on engaging the next generation of future judges.”
More than 20 women judges from Western Washington will participate as speakers, panelists and mentors. They represent city, county, state, federal and tribal courts. Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu will be giving the keynote address titled, “How Someone Like Me Became a Justice.”
The National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) created the original Color of Justice Event and hosts similar events across the United States.


Paul Sandhu, president of Tacoma South Hospitality, has announced the conversion of the current Red Lion Hotel located at 8402 S. Hosmer St. into a New Holiday Inn Hotel and Freedom Social House Restaurant & Lounge that is expected to be completed in early 2018.
Sandhu felt compelled to renovate this property to its full potential to better serve today's travelers needs and bring a new experience to traveler's. The New Holiday Inn Tacoma will be renovated with new H4 Design Scheme from Holiday Inn which is very modern and will be a very forward design compared to other hotels in Tacoma and the surrounding areas.
The 124-unit hotel will feature the brands New signature lobby, fast casual restaurant, café, bar, indoor pool, fitness center and 3,000 square feet of new flexible meeting space. Additionally, it will include the brand’s new modern guestroom design which is intuitive and thoughtful, offering flexible yet comfortable space with today's technology needs in mind. According to IHG, guests want a Hotel for every occasion. Holiday Inn Tacoma will be designed to offer just that. A great hotel that guest will love with true hospitality.
The construction period of the Holiday Inn Tacoma has started in July, while the soft opening is scheduled for the first quarter of 2018. Once completed, the Holiday Inn Tacoma will employ approximately 35 new associates in the Tacoma region.
The hotel will cater to all business, leisure, tourism markets and Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The Holiday Inn brand combined with Holiday Inn backbone and sales engine will play a large role in the continued emergence of Tacoma Washington as a leisure, Business and government destination.
“I am excited to have this opportunity to develop in Tacoma, it is a beautiful city full of opportunities, the Holiday Inn Full Service Brand with the new Design Scheme is the perfect fit for this region and I am thrilled that we will be bring a new unmatched experience to travelers in the area” said Sandhu.


Join Human Resources and the Tacoma Public Library on Sept. 14 for a free community job information session at the Tacoma Municipal Building (747 Market St., room 243). The event runs from 1-2:30 p.m. Come learn about applying for jobs, avoiding interview pitfalls, and tips for building your resume and cover letter.
Meridian-St-Bridge.htm webpage for more information.

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