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Padden Way Pedestrian Overpass

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The bridge from the side

Photo taken by Matthew Harris in December 2010

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Description 

This bridge carries pedestrians over Padden Parkway, a highway in suburban Clark County. The bridge is placed so that it is a continuation of 145th Avenue, besides that it does not carry vehicular traffic.

Cable-stayed is a relatively rare design choice for a bridge, and is somewhat surprising for a pedestrian bridge in a utilitarian location. It would be interesting to find out whether there is a structural reason for this decision, or whether it was for decorative purposes.

Facts 

Overview
Cable-stayed bridge over Padden Parkway/State Highway 500
Location
Vancouver, Clark County, Washington
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Built 2001
Builders
- Carter & Co. (Bridge Contractor)
- HDJ Design Group of Vancouver, Washington (Civil Design Firm)
- Kramer Gehlen & Associates (Structural Design Firm)
- Tapani Underground (General Contractor)
Design
Cable-stayed
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 55.1 ft.
Total length: 125.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+45.68306, -122.52583   (decimal degrees)
45°40'59" N, 122°31'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/536924/5058943 (zone/easting/northing)
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Inventory number
BH 47895 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Average daily traffic (as of 2006)
54,005

Update Log 

  • February 1, 2011: Updated by Michael Goff: Added builder information
  • January 31, 2011: Added by Matthew Harris

Sources 

  • Matthew Harris - mnharris [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Mike Goff - michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com