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George Sellar Bridge


George Sellar Bridge

Side elevation from the Old Wenatchee Bridge upstream.

Photo taken by Mike Goff in June 2022


BH Photo #535431

Street View 


The bridge received the Award of Merit from the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) as the “Most Beautiful Steel Bridge” in Class I in 1950.


Steel arch and truss bridge over Columbia River on WA 285 in Wenatchee
Wenatchee, Chelan County, Washington, and Douglas County, Washington
Open to traffic
Built 1950
- General Construction Co. of Federal Way, Washington (Contractor)
- Ralph W. Finke of Olympia, Washington (Bridge Engineer - Design Phase)
Steel through arch suspended span supported by cantilevered trusses.
Length of largest span: 480.0 ft.
Total length: 1,208.0 ft.
Deck width: 54.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.3 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 24, 1995
Also called
Columbia River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+47.40975, -120.29581   (decimal degrees)
47°24'35" N, 120°17'45" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/704004/5254245 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 95000623 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 36815 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 60.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • July 3, 2022: New photos from Mike Goff
  • June 17, 2021: New photo from John Bernhisel
  • May 2, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • June 15, 2018: New photo from Leslie R trick
  • September 22, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: Revision of design details based on site visit and Historic Property Inventory Report.
  • December 14, 2010: New photos from Nathan Holth
  • September 30, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Adjusted Design Category.
  • March 16, 2010: New photo from Nathan Holth
  • July 7, 2008: Added by Michael Goff

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  • John Bernhisel - Johnmbernhisel [at] gmail [dot] com


George Sellar Bridge
Posted March 27, 2009, by Steven Featherkile (sfeatherkile [at] wildblue [dot] net)

This bridge won an award for the best designed bridge in 1950 from the National Architects and Engineers Society.