Emergency Management

Local agencies respond to possible threat against West Coast bridges
Posted By Sheri Badger on Nov 1st, 2001 at 6:32 AM

Tacoma, WA – November 01, 2001 – On Nov. 1, 2001 the Federal Bureau of Investigation forwarded information to law enforcement agencies throughout the West Coast regarding possible terrorist targeting of suspension bridges. Officials from multiple agencies have met and developed plans to ensure the security of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Representatives from the County Executives Office, Tacoma Police, Tacoma Fire, Pierce County Sheriff, Washington State Patrol, Pierce County Emergency Management, Gig Harbor Police, Washington State Department of Transportation, US Coast guard and the FBI are in the process of developing plans with the goal of keeping the Narrows Bridge open to traffic. However, some road closures will be necessary to limit access under the Narrows Bridge.

  At 5:30 a.m. Nov. 2, Stone Drive, under the west end of the Narrows Bridge, will be closed until further notice.

  Memorial Park, under the east side of the Narrows Bridge, is currently closed until further notice. Appropriate preparations have been made. Officials take this responsibility seriously and will act swiftly and prudently if needed. Citizens will see increased police activity on, near and under the Narrows Bridge for the immediate future. Exact details of plans will not be released for security reasons. All information will be released through the Pierce County Emergency Operations Center, 253-798-7470. The EOC will be staffed throughout the weekend. Information will also be available on the Crisis Communications Web Site at www.co.pierce.wa.us – the link is at the top of the page. Local officials state they are in regular contact with State and Federal Government officials.