Tacoma celebrates bridge's 100th anniversary
Joe Barrentine / The News Tribune
From left, the City of Tacoma's Elliott Barnett, Nick Nickolas and Gary Johnson lead a wave of cyclists across the Murray Morgan Bridge at the start of the city's rededication ceremony on the bridge's 100th anniversary on Friday. More than 100 people turned out for the event that featured speeches of local, state and federal officials.
The bridge reopened Feb. 1 after a closure of nearly six years for repairs. The $53 million project renovated the deck and mechanical and electrical systems to operate the lift span. Two lanes were converted to bicycle and pedestrian pathways. About 5,000 vehicles a day use the bridge.
Officials at Friday's rededication included Gov. Jay Inslee and Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez.
Originally opened in 1913, the bridge was renamed for Tacoma author, historian and one-time bridge tender Murray Morgan.
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