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.
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.
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. You can review updated right of way plans here.