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Tuesday, September 01, 2015 This Week's Paper
Murray Morgan Bridge festivities in the works

The Murray Morgan Bridge will open to vehicle and pedestrian traffic at noon on Friday, Feb. 1. Final work on the bridge will continue through February.

The Murray Morgan Bridge has been closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic since November 2007, when a Washington State Department of Transportation inspection deemed the bridge structurally deficient. In January 2011, the City of Tacoma kicked off the almost two-year project of rehabilitating the bridge and restoring it to its original color.

The Murray Morgan Bridge serves as a vital link between downtown Tacoma and both the East Foss Peninsula and the Port of Tacoma. It provides an emergency route for the port, fire and police services. Bridge access also fosters economic development on the East Foss Peninsula and will improve access to businesses.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Murray Morgan Bridge, which opened Feb. 15, 1913. The city has partnered with local businesses and organizations to celebrate this historic Tacoma icon witha roster of events starting Friday.

Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland is set to declare Feb. 11-16 as Murray Morgan Bridge Week. Tacoma businesses are celebrating by offering discounts and specials to customers.

Events include: Feb. 1 - opening ceremony, noon.

Feb. 14 - Light the Bridge 5K Run/Walk, 6 p.m. A fun run/walk will be held through downtown Tacoma and over the Murray Morgan Bridge. Participants are asked to wear head lamps or carry flashlights or glow sticks. The event starts at 11th & A Street. Advance registration is required.

Feb. 15 - Rededication Ceremony, 10 a.m. Bridge christening, classic car procession, speakers and more. The event will be held at the approach to the bridge near the intersection of 11th & A Street. All are welcome to attend.

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