The American Public Works Association (APWA) has awarded the Fishing Wars Memorial Bridge in Tacoma a 2020 Project of the Year Award in the $25 million to $75 million structures category.

GeoEngineers, a consulting firm of engineers and earth scientists, provided geotechnical services for a partial replacement of the bridge, which has been carrying traffic over the Puyallup River from Tacoma toward the suburb of Fife for nearly a century.

In 2017, GeoEngineers began geotechnical services for the first phase of bridge replacement as a member of a design-build team led by Atkinson Construction and Jacobs Engineering. Together, the team replaced the western-most portion of the bridge, extending from Portland Avenue to the Puyallup River.

The project began construction in 2018 and was completed in summer 2019. The remaining portion of the bridge, extending from the West side of the Puyallup River into Fife, still needs to be replaced, and the City of Tacoma plans to finish it once funding is secured.

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