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Ocean Beaches Highway Bridge


Ocean Beaches Highway Bridge

Photo taken by Michael Goff on October 22, 2009


BH Photo #148232


Street View 


Abandoned open-spandrel arch bridge over Dry Gulch on abandoned WA 4 Alignment
Cowlitz County, Washington
Built 1930, Abandoned 1963
The Ocean Beaches Highway Bridge is an abandoned open spandrel deck arch bridge located adjacent to WA 4 approximately 1.5 miles west of the Abernathy Creek Bridge. From the WA 4 the bridge is mostly concealed by small trees that have grown in the bottom of the gulch. Only the west end of the bridge is visible.
The bridge features double spandrel columns along the arches and the standard ornamental railing seen in Washington State during of the era. The bridge was on a former alignment of the Ocean Beaches Highway which runs along the north shore of the Columbia River from Kelso to Naselle, Washington. The bridge appears to have been bypassed around 1963 when a new alignment was established closer to the river level.
Also called
SR 4 Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+46.18680, -123.18294   (decimal degrees)
46°11'12" N, 123°10'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/485882/5114819 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Oak Point
Inventory number
BH 43559 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Abandoned (3,586)
Arch (11,968)
Built 1930 (1,717)
Built during 1930s (11,574)
Bypassed (174)
Concrete balustrade (810)
Cowlitz County, Washington (38)
Deck arch (11,209)
Have street view (26,536)
Open-spandrel arch (744)
Owned by state (15,792)
Washington (1,297)

Update Log 

  • April 23, 2015: New photos from Mike Garland
  • September 9, 2010: New Street View added by Michael Goff
  • October 27, 2009: Added by Michael Goff


  • Mike Goff - michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Mike Garland - Rapier342 [at] comcast [dot] net


Ocean Beaches Highway Bridge (Abandoned)
Posted April 23, 2015, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

What I have generally done in a situation like this is to create two separate listings. In the Midwest where I have done most of my work, it is rather common to have a large bridge over a main waterway and then a smaller bridge over an old channel nearby. The NBI tends to treat the overflow bridges as separate structures, and I have followed suit on here.

As an example...

Main Bridge (end of overflow bridge visible in Photograph #3):


Overflow Bridge (sorry, no photographs):


Ocean Beaches Highway Bridge (Abandoned)
Posted April 23, 2015, by Mike Garland

I took some pictures of that other section, and was wondering about that myself. Is it part of the bridge, and should pictures of it be included here?

Ocean Beaches Highway Bridge (Abandoned)
Posted August 20, 2012, by Mike Simmons (michael [dot] w [dot] simmons [at] usps [dot] gov)

Traveling west on Washington State Highway 4 in the Google Street View section, there appears to be another bridge or elevated structure that is part of the same old alignment.