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Ocean Beaches Highway Bridge (Abandoned)

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Ocean Beaches Highway Bridge

Photo taken by Michael Goff on October 22, 2009

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Overview
Abandoned open-spandrel arch bridge over Dry Gulch on Abandoned WA 4 Alignment
Location
Cowlitz County, Washington
Status
Abandoned
History
Built 1930, Abandoned 1963
Design
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
Abandoned 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)

Categories 

Abandoned (2,002)
Arch (10,050)
Built 1930 (1,393)
Built during 1930s (9,291)
Bypassed (130)
Concrete balustrade (513)
Cowlitz County, Washington (29)
Deck arch (9,337)
Have street view (16,365)
Open-spandrel arch (618)
Owned by state (11,078)
Washington (1,003)

Update Log 

  • September 9, 2010: New Street View added by Michael Goff
  • October 27, 2009: Added by Michael Goff

Sources 

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

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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.