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Vernita Bridge


Portal View.

Photo From WSDOT State Route Web


BH Photo #190306


Street View 


Warren through truss bridge over Columbia River on WA 24
Benton County, Washington, and Grant County, Washington
Open to traffic
Built 1965
Simple span Warren through truss, with the appearance of a continuous truss.
Length of largest span: 264.1 ft.
Total length: 1,982.1 ft.
Deck width: 27.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.2 ft.
Also called
Columbia River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+46.64202, -119.73280   (decimal degrees)
46°38'31" N, 119°43'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/290858/5169012 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Vernita Bridge
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory number
BH 34142 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 58 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • May 10, 2012: New photos from Mike Goff
  • December 14, 2010: New photos from Nathan Holth
  • December 13, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • May 20, 2009: Updated by Michael Goff

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Vernita Bridge
Posted May 25, 2020, by Vernida Songer (vmsonger [at] gmail [dot] com)

My question is and cant find an answer to it.

Why was I named after a bridge that was not constructed until 1965 when I was born in 1963?

Was there another bridge in its place? If so do you have a photo of it?

I read of the ferry but I wasnt named after the ferry; was named after the bridge.

Vernita Bridge
Posted February 5, 2014, by Mark Bozanich (markthemapper [at] gmail [dot] com)

The Vernita Bridge was built with three simple trusses so that the center truss could be converted to a vertical lift span. There were plans at one time to build a dam downstream from Vernita and upstream from the Tri-Cities equipped with locks. The Columbia would thus be navigable at Vernita. The dam will not be built now that the dam site is part of the Hanford Reach National Monument.

Vernita Bridge
Posted May 26, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

My guess is that it was an esthetic decision. It's a nice looking span.

Vernita Bridge
Posted May 25, 2013, by Anonymous

That's really odd. Why do they make it seem like a continuous span when it is really three spans?