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Posted March 28, 2017, by Ted Curphey (funnelfan [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Here is a photo of mine taken May 20th, 2015 looking up Latah Creek at the Chestnut St Bridge with the Inland Empire Way bridge in the distance. You have my permission to add this to your wonderful website.

Posted March 28, 2017, by Ted Curphey (funnelfan [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The original purpose of this span was to cross the Washington Water Power interurban electric railway to Cheney and Medical Lake. That railway ran from the Sunset Blvd Bridge over Hangman/Latah Creek to Lindeke Ct-13th Ave-Roseamond Ave and crossed under this span 90 degrees to the current freeway off ramp.

Posted March 24, 2017, by Douglas Butler

This is the detail of the bridge with the operating machinery mounted on the counterweight bridge tower and struts pinned to the bascule truss

Posted March 24, 2017, by Douglas Butler

This is the second picture

Posted March 24, 2017, by Douglas Butler

This first picture is a Northern Pacific railroad Strauss Heel trunnion bascule bridge constructed in 1911 of The Railway And Engineering Review showing the operation strut pinned to the counterweight bridge tower and the machinery on the bascule span.

The second two pictures of the same bridge of the Northern Pacific railroad bridge used now used by the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe railroad repaired between the late 1920's to the 1930's with the energy changed from the span to the counterweight and the operating machinery built into the counterweight bridge tower and the strut pinned to the bascule truss.

Posted March 23, 2017, by Richard Rogala (rich [at] dimensionsui [dot] com)

My Grandfather, Richard Bearden, was the operator of that very bridge from 1929 until he retired from the Northern Pacific Railroad in 1959. I remember spending the night with him there several times, amazed by the machinery and waiting for hours for a train to come so I could watch Grandpa make the bridge go down to let the trains cross.

Posted March 13, 2017, by Steven Shook (stevenrshook [at] gmail [dot] com)

Landing a 75-foot girder during the construction of the Cow Creek Viaduct on September 10, 1908.

Posted February 16, 2017, by Mike Garland (Rapier342 [at] comcast [dot] net)

According to the dedication plaque on the bridge it was built in 1950. L.E. Hough is listed as the City Engineer. The builder was the Roy T. Earley Construction Company of Tacoma, Washington. The name of the bridge is the Heron Street Bridge, not the Wishkah River Bridge. It was designed by the General Engineering Company Inc. from Seattle, Washington.

Posted February 9, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

My research suggested removal of the lift portions of the bridge occurred in two projects, one in 1966 and the other in 1979. My guess is machinery was removed in 1966 and the tower removal was 1979.

Posted February 9, 2017, by Luke

Aerial imagery from historic aerials shows lift towers in 1940 and 1968/69

Posted February 9, 2017, by Douglas Butler

I wonder if this former vertical lift bridge that had the machinery counterweight and towers removed is similar identical or resembled the Murray Morgan bridge crossing the city/ Foss waterway?

Posted February 7, 2017, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)
Posted January 16, 2017, by Mandy (gagnon [at] whatcom [dot] org)

went across it today....still a beauty.

Posted December 1, 2016, by Luke

That would've been the Union Pacific bridge, which lasted into the 80s:

Posted December 1, 2016, by Michael (graflexmaster [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I believe that your info on this bridge is not correct. I live in Tacoma Wa where this bridge was located. You say that it was no longer used after 1973 (when it was removed).

I did not receive a drivers license until I was 16 years old in Dec. 1975, and I can remember using that bridge as a short cut across the waterway to beat traffic on the 11th street bridge near by I used this bridge all the way through high school (graduated in 1978). So I can personally verify, from personal experience, that it was in use through 1978.

It was a swing bridge that I thought un usual, as it had the railroad track down the center, and the traffic lanes outboard so the lanes were split by the R/R track....

Posted October 4, 2016, by Iris (Ziller)

Happened upon this site purely by chance, when looking for our latitude and longitude. Quite a pleasant surprise. I've only been a resident/owner since 1997, so a historian I'm not. But, I've always understood that the names for Stretch and Reach Islands were taken from sailing terminology. The reach being a 'point of sail'. However, Stretch Island was named by the Wilkes Expedition in 1841 for crew member Samuel Stretch. Reach Island's original name was Oak Island. A huge--no gigantic, beautiful oak was removed from the south end of the island after I became a resident. I still miss it and wonder why it was taken down. Possibly it was thriving on the Island's 50-year old water system. Thanks for including our bridge on your site. Nice picture.

Posted September 26, 2016, by Gena Doyle (gena98942 [at] yahoo [dot] com )

Did this bridge get washed out in a flood in the later 60s, or early 70s? Highway 12, naches river. I have a memory of the one going from yakima to gleed, that 2 cars were in the river and bridie had collapsed.

Posted August 31, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks luke.Picture #1 looks like an empty rail car so i assume the lumber was removed from this car and the other one.I talked to a good friend of mine and he said that these rail cars can be removed.Of course due to the remote location most people would say no way.But like i say,where there's a will there's a way.

Posted August 30, 2016, by Luke

According to a railfan video on YouTube, the derailment occurred in February, 1980. The boxcars were both loaded with lumber.

Posted August 30, 2016, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Odd to see the roadway built up almost to the top of the railing at one end. At least they kept it intact.

Posted August 30, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Nathan,does anyone know the history of this bridge and when and how the boxcars ended up where they are?

Posted August 29, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This may be a bridge referenced in "The Contractor" September 15, 1916 stating that Contractor Charles G. Huber of Seattle (a builder of Luten arch bridges) was awarded a contract ($3,186) for a 50 foot concrete arch bridge across South Palouse River.

McLeod Bridge (Washington)
Posted August 29, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This may be a bridge referenced in "The Contractor" September 15, 1916 stating that Contractor Charles G. Huber of Seattle (a builder of Luten arch bridges) was awarded a contract ($5,987) for a 70 foot concrete arch bridge across Hangman Creek.

Posted August 29, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

That's one of the more unique things I have seen!

Posted August 29, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Discovered this one thanks to WISAARD. Report attached.

Posted August 29, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

WISAARD Report Attached.

Posted August 29, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

WISAARD File Attached.

Kenova Bridge (Washington)
Posted August 29, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

WISAARD Report Attached.

Posted August 29, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The photos posted of this bridge show that derailed boxcars were left in place! Google imagery shows they still remain on this bridge, which is now a rail-trail! Rather unusual to be sure.

Posted July 20, 2016, by Anonymous

Picture of workers at cow creek viaduct

Posted July 8, 2016, by Marck (lancialane [at] aol [dot] com)

The contractor who built it was Granite Construction from Watsonville, California. It took two years to complete.

I was a Minor/Laborer on the project.


Posted July 7, 2016, by Luke

Nice find JP!

Orient Bridge (Washington)
Posted June 29, 2016, by BK-Hunters (kh5 [at] shaw [dot] ca)

This was never named the Orient Bridge. It was always the Curlew Bridge. The Orient Bridge, also listed in the national register but in Stevens County, has since been replaced by a concrete and steel girder bridge and no longer exists.

See Orient Bridge at:

See also:

Posted June 17, 2016, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

Yes the first photo is not fitting with the 1963 date. why hasn't this been fixed yet?

Posted June 1, 2016, by Chad Williams (cwillia [at] co [dot] pierce [dot] wa [dot] us)

This is one of three unique bridge concepts of Homer M. Hadley's (Portland Cement) located in Pierce County. The Purdy Spit and McMillin Bridges are more well known than this particular concrete concept.

Posted April 8, 2016, by Rob Petersen (heyrob [at] usa [dot] net)

This bridge was originally supported by vertical piers, but widening of I-5 in 1988 necessitated replacing the piers with the arch you see today. I have attached a photo of when the piers were still standing between the arches.

Posted April 6, 2016, by Yard Limit (janetrathford [at] gmail [dot] com)

Here's an oil tank train crossing the bridge on April 3, 2016.

Fremont Bridge (Washington)
Posted March 17, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The following article i read has nothing to do with maintenance,repair or removal of this bridge.This actually falls under waste of money.As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 3-16-16 $10,000 has been allocated from Seattle's office of arts and culture for a resident poet or writer to create a work while on the bridge.The city wants to encourage'public art' and the grant will oblige the recipient to create a work of prose or poetry from the bridge's northwest tower supposedly to help people understand the function of art in the city.The artist will not be'in residence'due to the fact there is no running water in the tower.I think this is a bunch of b.s.If anybody thinks differently you are entitled to your opinion.

Posted February 26, 2016, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Not sure if I got this right, but looks like a pinned pratt cantilevered Deck truss. Also looks like it carries a pipelines. Thoughts or corrections or information would be great.

Posted February 16, 2016, by Luke

While we're on the topic of bridges in media, this bridge appears in the Amazon Prime show "The Man in the High Castle"

Posted February 16, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Out of the corner of my eye I saw what looked like a pin-connected Pratt thru truss featured on an "Agent Carter" ad/trailer on ABC tonight. While trying (without success) to locate this ad/trailer online so I could get a better look at the bridge and maybe identify it, I was bombarded with a Mercedes advertisement... which featured ANOTHER bridge... THIS bridge!

Posted January 10, 2016, by Donde (dondegroovily [at] gmail [dot] com)

I hope the county doesn't demolish it. In fact, they don't have to. Build the new bridge at 70th Ave just upriver, and leave this old one in place for pedestrians only.

Posted December 30, 2015, by Douglas Butler (drawbridges [at] lycos [dot] com)

Thanks Max much appreciated I do have some on the web (drawbridges photo stream) page but I'm not from Seattle. I would love to travel there and explore some bridge and take pictures in Seattle, I can send you some of my sketch drawings of them in Seattle trough my email above. You can type in Duwamish River bridges on google or yahoo and you might come across my drawings. Thanks again.

Posted December 30, 2015, by Max (bucky8338 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Douglas Butler

drawing of the bridge are wonderful.

do you show them anywhere in the Seattle region?



Posted October 20, 2015, by Steven Pavlov

BNSF Puyallup River Bridge. Photo by Steven Pavlov, 2014. CC-BY-SA-4.0.

Posted October 1, 2015, by Haldor (hbdahl [at] gmail [dot] com)

I worked on the bridge in 2012 for Quigg Brothers construction.

We sand blasted and painted and laid down a new road deck.

Posted September 22, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This bridge is mentioned and shown in Arthur Hayden's book on rigid frame bridges. See attached.

Posted September 12, 2015, by K. A. Erickson

One person's video of bridge with truck during the move.

Posted August 8, 2015, by K. A. Erickson
Posted August 5, 2015, by Anonymous

Image 9 comes from the Northern Pacific Historical Association.

Posted July 28, 2015, by Andy Peters (anpete [at] yahoo [dot] com)

the Washington State DOT is going to move this bridge and store it and possibly reuse it elsewhere.

Posted July 7, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Not a single photo on, nor a single photo here. Looks hard to photo, but still, its sad. Wish I could have integrated into my trip. Its future is uncertain.




Posted May 21, 2015, by Ralph Demars

According to a street view file Aug.2014, this bridge is gone.

Posted April 30, 2015, by K. A. Erickson

To clarify it is the western approach trestle that washed out not the main span. The river plowed a new course during the floods.

Status per Olympic Discovery Trail website

"The Bridge and this section of trail is owned by the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe. The tribe is following two paths. One is an “as was” repair of the damaged section that will be paid for largely with their insurance coverage. The goal would be to reopen the broken span this summer, and they are close to a firm plan and schedule. The long term plan is to replace the entire west side trestle with a structure that will withstand the vagaries of the river across the active flood plain. They believe the truss bridge, dating to the 30’s, is adequately anchored, but the west trestle, with its 16 foot pile spacing, acts as a “rake” to debris brought down by the river and is not sustainable. The long term project will take years and much funding. (4/13/2015)"

Posted April 30, 2015, by Luke
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):

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?

Posted April 23, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Just in case anyone is wondering, the white triangle lines drawn on the vertical members and sway bracing in the below photos are guides used for applying heat during heat straightening. See the last video on this page:

Posted April 22, 2015, by K. A. Erickson

Damage was more severe than they originally thought thus the costs for repair have gone up. Temporary fix in place for now. This bridge recently made a list of bridges to fix/resurface/replace by ~ 2020. There is too much traffic in the area already and no new infrastructure to handle any planned future growth.

Posted April 21, 2015, by K. A. Erickson

Eells Street is back open. I'm guessing the damage was to the previously damaged overhead bracing. Now one side is completely gone. Trucks still drive over the viaduct switching lanes eastbound not to pass but to avoid hitting bracing.

Posted April 18, 2015, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)

The pier is not original, the truss is clearly intended to be a clearspan truss and would've been configured far differently had a pier been part of the original planning.

The HAER report suggests there was a pier em-placed by sometime in the 40's, though photo's suggest no truss terminus load paths were in place at mid-span until the most recent rehab.

It was also at some point underslung with the cable support system seen in some of the photos – Though there is no suggestion as to when, or if such was perhaps driven by system replacements like the corrugated steel deck placed in the 50's, or if that decking supported a concrete or asphalt surface

I find it all rather puzzling in that this is not a particularly long span for a Howe, and it is a truss type easily tuned and conditioned.

Posted April 17, 2015, by Barry (bllauver [at] toad [dot] net)

Did this bridge have a center pier when it was first built? I can't make one out on the old plans. If not, when was the center pier first added?

Posted April 10, 2015, by K. A. Erickson

A recent accident involving a SUV veering off the L Street Bridge onto Interstate 5 snarled traffic for miles. Drivers diverted to the side roads. Soon afterwards "Undisclosed structural damage", per the city of Tacoma, caused the Eells Street Viaduct (Puyallup Ave) (this bridge) to be closed indefinitely. The 11th Street Bridge is permanently closed. Your alternates are now sitting on WA 509 forever or go right-left-right across the renovated Lincoln Avenue Bridge and still get stuck in the mess. The Port of Tacoma is in consolidation mode with the Port of Seattle. With extra space would they reconnect 11th Street over the Blair Waterway and fix the bridge at the Puyallup River? A bascule was at Blair before. It can be done again configured to accommodate the Leviathans they build these days. It's not as like any more construction in the area could hurt. Pacific Avenue Bridge is gone. Work is starting on demolition and replacement of the Interstate 5 Bridge over the Puyallup River. This song best represents the city of Destiny and its surroundings,

He'll be making an appearance at the Puyallup-Western Washington-Washington State Fair on Monday, Sep 14 at 7:30pm

Posted April 4, 2015, by K. A. Erickson

Took a hit the other day.

"... closed for several days after a routine inspection Saturday revealed damage to the bridge’s overhead support structure."

"We do have a pretty significant bend," said Travis Phelps, spokesman for the state Transportation Department.

But they plan to make repairs. Rest at link above.

Posted March 31, 2015, by maxime (cluster2600 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Posted March 28, 2015, by Marc (twentysixwheeeler [at] msn [dot] com)
Posted March 17, 2015, by M. Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)


What is the source for that photo?

The surrounding skyline looks alot more like the Washougal area than that of the mouth of the Wind River. The Columbia Gorge opens up at Washougal and you will see the more flood plain like surroundings there. Where at the mouth of the Wind River there is not that much flat land along the Columbia since the Cascades pretty much shoot straight up from the banks of the river.

The photo is too small to figure out the details, but it does at first glance look like a single span truss.

That is my take,


Posted March 16, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This historical photo was included with a discussion of the BNSF Washougal River Bridge but it looks single span and is maybe this bridge instead?

Posted March 16, 2015, by Kyle Crawford (kyleacrawford [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The bridge has in fact been repaired, and reopened to traffic.

Posted March 4, 2015, by K. A. Erickson

While not gone yet, it is on borrowed time. Tags everywhere. Evidence of cut brush/trees.

The timber approach supports have been shored up to accommodate the added weight of the jersey barriers. A one lane Bailey bridge with grated deck lies across the span.

Posted March 2, 2015, by Frankie Benka Photography (fbenka [at] gmail [dot] com)

Here's a recent pic I took of the bridge

Heisson Bridge (Washington)
Posted February 26, 2015, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Home Sweet Home!

I see Mike Garland has made it out to my "home" bridges. I grew up and my dad still lives amount a half mile from these two bridges. I have spent many a hot summer's days playing in the river at and near this spot.

The construction of the new arch bridge was one of the key elements that lead me on my journey to become a civil/bridge engineer.

Nice work Mike!

Posted February 10, 2015, by Scott Gavin (trainnut1956 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Washington State is not the only place where they built truss bridges with barely sufficient clearance over the roadway, but they sure seemed to put a lot of them on Hwy. 99/ I-5. Not being an engineer, I can't help but wonder if the excessive width of the truss compared to the height was a contributing factor?

Interestingly enough, there were a lot of concrete arch bridges built on Hwy. 101 in Oregon which had X-shaped cross members spanning the roadway at the end of the arches, and the ends of the X-shaped members became problematic since they were vulnerable to being struck by oversized RVS or trucks with tall loads. I see that ODOT has been altering these bridges when they are refurbished, cutting away the bottom half of the X-members and replacing them with a horizontal concrete beam. This increases the clearance over the road by a considerable amount and makes the bridges less vulnerable to damage by oversized loads, but it also defaces the beauty and historical integrity of the bridges in question. Of course, the bridge builders of 50-80 years ago couldn't have anticipated oversized shipping containers and recreational land yachts, but when you look at something like the Armitage Bridge in Lane County, Oregon where the truss is about twice as tall as it really needed to be, but in spite of being over 120 years old, when the country road bridge along side it needed to be replaced, modern traffic was routed over the Armitage bridge during construction and this ancient old gem was able to carry the traffic. I can't help but wonder if 20th century bridge engineers were more concerned with economy than longevity. In retrospect, a few thousand dollars worth of steel applied towards building taller trusses would have been money well spent and, in the end, would have saved lives.

Posted February 6, 2015, by Patrick Feller (nakrnsm [at] aol [dot] com)

Good luck, Robert. You aren't being picky.

Posted February 6, 2015, by Douglas Butler

Robert I understand what you are coming from however I'm not an engineer but a student with a prolific study of movable drawbridges in the past 14 years as well drawing them. I also read details of all bridge types I know that you aren't trying to be mean but even engineers makes flawed mistakes, I can admit I make mistakes sometimes, but here I had mention about the early design heel trunnion type that was constructed in 1911 with the struts attached to the counterweight bridge tower with the drive machinery installed on the bascule span, the span is heavy in the raised position and in the lowered position the counterweight is heavy, I assume that you viewed my work. However in the late 1920's the bridge had reversed as the strut attached to the bascule truss to support the counterweight while the machinery was installed inside the counterweight bridge tower. As the bridge is raised the counterweight is heavy then the span is heavy in the lowered position check out movable bridge engineering book by Terry L Koglin thanks.

Posted February 5, 2015, by Robert Thompson (rkt (dot) engineering (at) gmail (dot) com)

I hope I'm not being too picky here, but:

"Bridge closed with the counterweight heavy with the drive machinery installed on the bascule span."

"The energy in the late 1920's transferred from the span to the counterweight and the drive machinery installed in the counterweight bridge tower, in the closed position the span is heavy for a better suited operation."

"Bridge raised the struts fixed to the bascule span returns back to the counterweight support system in most heel trunnion bascule bridge the struts supports the counterweight making the counterweight heavy"

I am an engineer who deals with technical language every day. What I snipped out and posted above makes no sense at all. Could this be translated to actual, technically correct English?

Posted February 2, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The replacement bridge looks stupid. They put fake trusses on the approach spans and you can see the load-bearing concrete beams easily right through the "trusses"

Posted January 23, 2015, by Duane McBride (duane [at] locoboose [dot] com)

The NP- Deschutes Waterway Bridge is in use frequently. Tacoma Rail takes cars to the plastic pipe facility in Tumwater as well as cars to the bottling plant.

Posted January 11, 2015, by K. A. Erickson

The Wenatchee World is 99% paywall but this teaser from a headline two days ago caught my eye.

"Chelan County Public Works officials over the coming year will seek some $6 million in funding still needed to replace Cashmere’s failing Goodwin Bridge."

Posted December 20, 2014, by Matt Lohry

I'll give you a hint--it sure ain't the concrete!

Posted December 19, 2014, by K. A. Erickson

Before and after pictures.

Which interests y'all? The sunny day with concrete? Or the usual gray day on the coast with wood?

Posted December 19, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The HAER photos for this bridge were improperly located in the LOC database, so I pulled them out and uploaded them here.

Posted December 17, 2014, by Dave King (DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com)

My apologies. I will get those switched over to the correct page. Thanks.

Posted December 17, 2014, by K. A. Erickson

If the images that Dave added are true. That is of a bridge near Thorp, they belong to the one to the south on the Iron Horse Trail.

Note the lack of tracks in the pictures.

McMillin Bridge (Washington)
Posted December 12, 2014, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

I think this is considered a through truss because the two sidewalks go through the trusses. It's definitely an oddity that is hard to classify, though.

Massachusetts does have a bridge with a somewhat similar configuration with steel trusses:

McMillin Bridge (Washington)
Posted December 12, 2014, by Zachary S

And half the time the NBI lists pony or through trusses as deck trusses or vice versa, so really, the NBI data is often... not especially helpful in determining the bridge type.

McMillin Bridge (Washington)
Posted December 12, 2014, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)


A pony truss is technically just a sub-category of through truss. So, either one it technically correct. In the NBI Coding Guide for bridge inspection there isn't even an option for pony truss, they are just lumped in with the through trusses. So in conclusion it is not all that uncommon to see a pony truss listed as a through truss since all the data is based off the NBI.

I hope that makes it as clear as mud.

Have a good day,


McMillin Bridge (Washington)
Posted December 11, 2014, by Barry (bllauver [at] toad [dot] net)

Not argumentative. I really want to know. How is this through truss when there are no lateral braces or portal braces over the roadway?

Posted December 10, 2014, by Neil Martel (eljir16 [at] aol [dot] com)

This bridge is actually located in King County. There is already a listing for it there. BH 49336

Posted November 15, 2014, by K. A. Erickson
Posted November 4, 2014, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)

Photo 2 is one of the wooden Howe spans un-housed, and not an in process replacement.

Posted October 31, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Posted October 30, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This is an incredible bridge and the scenery both at the bridge and driving to it is equally amazing. Its well worth the long drive to this remote bridge (plus you get the impressive Joso High Bridge next to this bridge). Surprised to see only HAER photos for this bridge on BridgeHunter.

Posted October 29, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Its hard to believe that one of the oldest cantilever highway truss bridges in the country (and beautifully preserved for pedestrians) has been posted here for four years yet nobody has posted photos or even made a comment about this bridge. It is a truly amazing bridge, and I am excited to share this new page I just completed for this bridge, which includes a full photo-documentation of the bridge, completed as part of my Pacific Northwest trip I did this past summer.

Posted October 22, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I am fairly sure this is the North Lund Bridge shown in the attached doc.

Posted October 20, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Inventory sheet attached.

Vantage Bridge (Washington)
Posted October 3, 2014, by M. Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

If I had to guess the title of "Oldest Cantilever" is intended to mean oldest cantilever still carrying vechicular traffic.

Vantage Bridge (Washington)
Posted October 2, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Caption for photo #3 is incorrect, as the Wenatchee Bridge is a cantilever bridge in the state that is older.

Posted September 24, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I suppose Deception Pass (and Canoe Pass) would be scary if you don't like heights (although many bridges in the Pacific Northwest would qualify for this) or if you don't like being close to heavy traffic as these are busy bridges... at least they were during my recent visit. Otherwise, I don't see why they are scary.

I agree wholeheartedly with the comments the article makes about the Brooklyn Bridge. The people using that bridge set a new standard for rude... I am sorry people, but when I am photographing the towers of the Brooklyn Bridge I want to be dead-center, not off-center in the pedestrian lanes. Although considering my trips to New York City also include police harassment during legal bridge photography and cars speeding up (flooring it actually) when they see pedestrians crossing a street, maybe this general hatred of other humans is just New York City.

The other one I agree strongly with is the Pulaski Skyway. A truly incredible historic bridge, and I wouldn't advocate altering its unaltered historically accurate layout, but the bridge's early use of onramps are the most dangerous and scary bits of road I have ever used. Not only do the ramps have zero acceleration lanes, you absolutely cannot see if cars are coming as you look back and try to see over the railing. So you basically pray and floor it... and usually get someone honking their horn at you because you basically pulled out in front of them by mistake.

The article fails to mention that modern bridges are scary because they visually look like flimsy slabs of concrete and their shoddy construction only adds to the concern.

Posted September 23, 2014, by Anonymous

Constrution of the bridge and the completion of the bridge in 1911