River Crossing


The River Crossing portion of the project will change the way people travel on Canyon Road between unincorporated Pierce County and Fife over the Puyallup River.

The new bridge will cross over River Road East and North Levee Road East so no signals hinder people as they cross the bridge by car or truck. A suspended path below the bridge creates a safer river crossing for pedestrians and bicyclists, completely separated from car and truck traffic.

The new bridge will cross River Road East at 71st Ave East.

Rendering of the future bridge over River Road East.

The River Crossing includes:

  • Constructing a new bridge over the Puyallup River and removing the existing Milroy Bridge.
  • Constructing a bridge over Clarks Creek.
  • Expanding and extending Canyon Road East to two lanes in each direction with turn lanes at intersections.
  • Building concrete curb, gutter and sidewalk.
  • Constructing an enclosed storm drain system as well as stormwater treatment and storage facilities.
  • Revising the traffic signal at Canyon Road East/66th Avenue East.


  • 30 percent design completed in early 2021.
  • Environmental documentation and review began July 2020.
  • Property acquisition beginning in 2021.

Example of a cross section that includes two lanes of traffic in each direction with paved shoulders and separated sidewalks.

Environmental review

In June 2020, Pierce County, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) initiated an Environmental Review for the Canyon Road Regional Connection Project from 52nd Street East to 70th Avenue East (referred to as the River Crossing Project). FHWA is the lead federal agency for NEPA, and Pierce County is the lead agency for SEPA.

Pierce County received public comments for this effort during an online open house in July and August 2020. You can view our responses to questions and read a summary of how we engaged the community in our scoping process here.

Learn more about the environmental review process

Property acquisition

Pierce County needs property to build the new roadway, support the new bridge, improve drainage, and support flood control.

Pierce County currently plans to purchase parts of approximately 65 parcels for property or easements. As the design phase progresses, Pierce County will work with residents and businesses and provide project updates.

For more information about the right-of-way acquisition process, please review our acquisition process brochure. We will make updated right of way plans available in early 2021.