Constructed in 1926 the Bridge of the Gods takes it name from a Native American myth describing a large natural rock bridge over the Columbia River at the bridge site.
The bridge was originally 1,127-feet long but was lengthened to 1,856-feet and raised in conjunction with the construction of Bonneville Dam downstream from the site. The bridge is a fine example of cantilever technology in Oregon as well as a major crossing of the Columbia River.
(Historical Highway Bridges of Oregon - 1989)
Length of largest span: 706.0 ft.
Total length: 1,856.0 ft.
Deck width: 22.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 27.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+45.66222, -121.90111(decimal degrees) 45°39'44" N, 121°54'04" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
USGS topographic map
OR 02592 (Oregon Dept. of Transportation structure number)
BH 36607 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 01/2012)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory(6 out of 9) Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory(6 out of 9) Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory(6 out of 9) Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 47.9 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
April 24, 2013: New video from Mike Goff
January 18, 2012: New photos from Kelly Smith
April 2, 2011: New photo from Garrett Boon
September 19, 2010: New photos from Doug Kerr
April 25, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
Posted April 24, 2010, by molly Hill (birdgurl97 [at] hotmail [dot] com)
WOW!! what an interesting structure!! I don't live anywhere near the pacific northwest (midwest actually) but "bridge of the gods" can also be taken as a compliment to the beautiful complexity of this span...