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Asotin County Memorial Bridge

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Asotin County Memorial Bridge

Photo taken by Michael Goff in September 2011

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BH Photo #214390

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Description 

The town of Asotin was prepared to replace the wooden bridge carrying Meador Street across the Asotin Creek in the summer of 1919. That span, built in 1902 by the Caywood brothers, was badly deteriorated after twenty years heavy traffic and the effects of several floods. The town council and the county commission budgeted $10,500 for it to be torn down and replaced by a steel bridge spanning the creek at Second Street.

A Fourth of July editorial in the Asotin County Sentinal led to the adoption of a proposal by Doctor S.D. Brazeau to scrap the plan for a new steel bridge and in its place erect an eye catching concrete arch to memorialize the local men who lost their lives in the recently ended Great War. The more elaborate span would cost $6,000 more than the sum allocated for the original project and this amount was raised through a private donation campaign. The first pledge was made by J.C. Halsey, whose son was the last of seven Asotin County residents killed in the conflict.

The finished bridge is a wide elliptical concrete arch topped by an ornamental balustrade. Four pillars with hammer brushed insets adorned with brass plaques listing the names of the area’s veterans and topped by Victorian street lamps mark its approaches. A spiral staircase at the north end leads to a small creekside park.

Facts 

Overview
Concrete arch bridge over Asotin Creek on Second Street in Asotin
Location
Asotin, Asotin County, Washington
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1920
Builder
- Superior Bridge Co. of Lewiston, Idaho
Design
Arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 85.0 ft.
Total length: 105.0 ft.
Deck width: 19.7 ft.
Also called
Second Street Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+46.34028, -117.05594   (decimal degrees)
46°20'25" N, 117°03'21" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/495694/5131857 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Asotin
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
500
Inventory number
BH 34137 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2016)
Overall condition: Fair
Sufficiency rating: 57.4 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • April 20, 2018: Updated by Richard Doody: Added historical data to description
  • April 15, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • September 20, 2011: New photos from Michael Goff

Sources 

  • Mike Goff - michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Richard Doody