The historic Murray Morgan Bridge in Tacoma will close to traffic from July 9 through August 17 so Tacoma Power can upgrade power lines attached to the bridge. The $1.4 million project will support economic development and help carry more electricity to downtown Tacoma’s Central Business District.

During the project, Tacoma Power will extend cables from the East F Substation across the bridge and connect them with the existing underground distribution system near Cliff Avenue in downtown Tacoma. The work will be completed by up to five wire crews trained in high angle rescue safety.

The bridge will reopen for Maritime Fest from July 26-29. Starting August 18 and continuing through the end of September, the bridge will be open to a single lane of traffic. Throughout the closure, boats that need the bridge lifted will still be able to pass, given they provide the standard two-hour notice.

Find alternate driving routes on Tacoma Power’s website.