Historic Columbia River Highway

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HISTORIC COLUMBIA RIVER HIGHWAY: The Columbia River Highway built between 1913 and 1922 was the first major highway project in Oregon. The bridges along this route are some of the earliest examples of concrete highway bridges in the Pacific Northwest. Each bridge along the highway was custom designed to fit their location as well as blend with the surrounding environment along the scenic route.

Notable bridge engineers Charles Purcell and Conde McCullough oversaw the design and construction of the bridges along the highway. Bridge designers Karl Billner and Lewis Metzger designed many of the signature spans along the highway while serving under Purcell during the early years of construction.


Beaver Creek Bridge (Multnomah County, Oregon)
Built 1912
Concrete deck girder bridge over Beaver Creek on the Historical Columbia River Highway in Troutdale
Open to traffic

Benson Bridge (Multnomah County, Oregon)
Built 1914
Concrete arch bridge over Lower Multnomah Falls on a pedestrian trail
Open to pedestrians

Bridal Veil Creek Bridge (Multnomah County, Oregon)
Built 1914
Girder bridge over Bridal Veil Creek on Historical Columbia River Highway in Bridal Veil
Open to traffic

Columbia River Highway Willow Creek Bridge (Gilliam County, Oregon)
Built 1920; replaced 1954
Lost Warren deck truss with all verticals bridge over Willow Creek on Columbia River Highway
Replaced by a new bridge

Crown Point Viaduct (Multnomah County, Oregon)
Built 1914
Bridge over Crown Point on Historical Columbia River Highway
Open to traffic

Dry Canyon Creek Bridge (Wasco County, Oregon)
Built 1921
Concrete arch bridge over Dry Canyon Creek on Historical Columbia River Highway
Open to traffic

Eagle Creek Bridge (Multnomah County, Oregon)
Built 1914
Concrete arch bridge over Eagle Creek on Historic Columbia River Highway
Open to traffic

Eagle Creek Viaduct (Multnomah County, Oregon)
Built 1915, Closed 1937, Re-opened as trail 1995
Concrete deck girder bridge over Tooth Rock slopes on Historical Columbia River Highway
Open to pedestrians

East Multnomah Falls Viaduct (Multnomah County, Oregon)
Built 1914
Bridge over Rocky terrain along railroad tracks on Historic Columbia River Highway
Open to traffic

Gorton Creek Bridge (Hood River County, Oregon)
Built 1919
Slab bridge over Gorton Creek on Herman Creek Road (Historical Columbia River Highway )
Open to traffic

Hood River Bridge (Hood River County, Oregon)
Built 1919, Replaced 1982
Lost Open-spandrel arch bridge over Hood River on Columbia River Highway
Replaced by new bridge

Horsetail Creek Bridge (Multnomah County, Oregon)
Built 1914
Slab bridge over Horsetail Creek on Historical Columbia River Highway
Open to traffic

Latourell Creek Bridge (Multnomah County, Oregon)
Built 1914
Concrete arch bridge over Latourell Creek on Historical Columbia River Highway
Open to traffic

McCord Creek Bridge (Multnomah County, Oregon)
Built in 1915 as part of the Columbia River Highway, Roadway widend in late 1940's, Replaced in 1997.
Lost Concrete deck girder bridge over McCord Creek on Historic Columbia River Highway (US 30)
Replaced by new bridge in 1997

Mill Creek Bridge (Wasco County, Oregon)
Built 1920; rehabilitated 2001
Stringer bridge over Mill Creek on W 6th Street in City of the Dalles
Open to traffic

Moffett Creek Bridge (Multnomah County, Oregon)
Built in 1915 by A. Guthrie and Company, Abandoned in the 1940 and is now part of Historic Columbia River Highway trail.
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Moffett Creek on Historic Columbia River Highway (Abandoned)
Open to pedestrians

Mosier Creek Bridge (Wasco County, Oregon)
Built 1920
Concrete arch bridge over Mosier Creek on HWY 100 in Mosier
Open to traffic

Mosier Tunnel (Wasco County, Oregon)
Built 1920, Closed due to rock fall problems 1953, Reopened to public in 2000
Tunnel under Mosier Tunnel on Historical Columbia River Highway Trail
Open to pedestrians

Multnomah Creek Bridge (Multnomah County, Oregon)
Built 1914
Concrete arch bridge over Multnomah Creek on Historical Columbia River Highway
Open to traffic

Oneonta Creek Bridge (Multnomah County, Oregon)
Built 1914, Bypassed 1948
Concrete beam bridge over Oneonta Creek on Historical Columbia River Highway
Open to pedestrians only

Oneonta Tunnel (Multnomah County, Oregon)
1914 Built, 1948 Bypassed and Sealed, 2009 Re-Opened
Tunnel under Oneonta Basalt Out-Cropping on Historical Columbia River Highway
Re-Opened to pedestrians in 2009

Rock Creek Bridge (Wasco County, Oregon)
Built 1918; rehabilitated 1995
Stringer bridge over Rock Creek on Historical Columbia River Highway in Mosier
Open to traffic

Ruckel Creek Bridge (Hood River County, Oregon)
Built 1917
Slab bridge over Ruckel Creek on Historical Columbia River Highway
Open to pedestrians

Seufert Viaduct (Wasco County, Oregon)
Built 1920
Stringer bridge over Fifteen Mile Creek on Viewpoint Road (Historical Columbia River Highway) in The Dalles
Open to traffic

Shepperds Dell Bridge (Multnomah County, Oregon)
Built 1914
Concrete arch bridge over Shepperds Dell on Historical Columbia River Highway
Open to traffic

Stark Steet Viaduct (Multnomah County, Oregon)
Built 1915
Concrete arch bridge over an unnamed draw on Stark Steet
Open to traffic

Stark Street Bridge (Multnomah County, Oregon)
Built 1914
Through truss bridge over Sandy River on Stark Street
Open to traffic

Tanner Creek Bridge (Multnomah County, Oregon)
Built in 1915 as part of the Columbia River Highway
Concrete deck girder bridge over Tanner Creek on Historic Columbia River Highway Trail in Bonneville
Open to pedestrians

Tooth Rock Viaduct (Multnomah County, Oregon)
Built 1915, Closed 1937, Re-opened as trail 1995
Concrete deck girder bridge over Tooth Rock slopes on Historical Columbia River Highway
Open to pedestrians

Troutdale Bridge (Multnomah County, Oregon)
Built 1912
Pratt through truss bridge over Sandy River on Historical Columbia River Highway in Troutdale
Open to traffic

Wahkeena Creek Bridge (Multnomah County, Oregon)
Built 1914
Slab bridge over Wahkeena Creek (Gordon Creek) on Historical Columbia River Highway
Open to traffic

West Multnomah Falls Viaduct (Multnomah County, Oregon)
Built 1914
Bridge over rocky terrain along railroad tracks on Historic Columbia River Highway
Open to traffic