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BNSF - Kennewick-Pasco Bridge


Photo taken by Douglas Butler


BH Photo #261135


Street Views 


Parker through truss bridge over Columbia River on Burlington Northern - Santa Fe Railroad
Pasco, Benton County, Washington, and Franklin County, Washington
Open to traffic
Built 1887
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
Vertical Lift with six Parker through truss and four Warren through truss approach spans.
Total length: 2,587.0 ft. (0.5 mi.)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+46.21528, -119.09733   (decimal degrees)
46°12'55" N, 119°05'50" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/338231/5120104 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 51749 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 2, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • July 15, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • October 8, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • March 19, 2012: Added by Michael Goff

Related Bridges 


  • Mike Goff - michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • HistoryLink.org Essay 5365 - Article about the bridge's history
  • Douglas Butler


BNSF - Kennewick-Pasco Bridge
Posted February 5, 2014, by Mark Bozanich (markthemapper [at] gmail [dot] com)

The vertical lift draw span may have been added in the early 1950s when McNary Dam was built, creating Lake Wallula. The UPRR bridge downstream across the Columbia and the BNSF bridge near the mouth of the Snake River may have been modified or replaced around the same time. Note the Warren truss of the draw span that contrasts with the truss patterns of the approach spans.

B.N.S.F. - Kennewick-Pasco Bridge
Posted January 11, 2014, by Evin Fairchild (evindfair [at] gmail [dot] com)

Wow, it's amazing that a bridge this old is still around! I think it's neat that the first bridge built across the Columbia River is still standing, even when others built after it are long-gone.

B.N.S.F. - Kennewick-Pasco Bridge
Posted July 27, 2013, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Easy to get an account Mr. BUTLER. Someobe spent a lot of time moving your drawings and then you come in with more. Show a little respect eh. Please.