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BNSF - Lewis River Bridge

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Lewis River Railroad Bridge

from northeast

Photo taken by Michael Goff on January 24, 2009

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BH Photo #132632

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Description 

The Lewis River Railroad Bridge is a 265.0 ft swing span bridge built around 1908. The bridge was constructed as part of a railroad project to directly connect Portland, Oregon with Seattle, Washington. The B.N.S.F. 9.6 Columbia River Bridge was also included in this project. Prior to the construction of the line between Kalama, WA and Portland, OR the railroads crossed the Columbia River via a ferry located between Kalama and Goble, Oregon.

The swing span though still part of the bridge has not been operational for some time as evident by the condition of the tender house.

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Lewis River on BNSF Railway
Location
Clark County, Washington, and Cowlitz County, Washington
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1908
Railroads
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway (SPS)
Design
Warren through truss swing span with four warren through truss approach spans
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 265.0 ft.
Total length: 820.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+45.86444, -122.75139   (decimal degrees)
45°51'52" N, 122°45'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/519297/5079016 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Saint Helens
Inventory number
BH 38697 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 29, 2014: New photos from Mike Goff
  • January 12, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway", "Navigable waterway"
  • January 26, 2009: Added by Michael Goff

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Sources 

  • Mike Goff - michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Douglas Butler