Dear Douglas Butler:
I'm working with Pete DePoe on his memoir. He says he was thrown off of that bridge as a kid. Do you mind if I use your drawing in the book pro-bono? Naturally, you will be properly credited.
Please let me know.
An Amtrak train derailed at this bridge on July 2, causing no serious injuries. Officials suspect a last-resort derail switch that is supposed to stop a train from advancing if the bridge is open. Article: http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/transportation/did-...
I noticed the one titled Moxee as well, which is confusing because they have images of a wooden bridge one the way to Moxee that is a much larger truss paired with several pony trusses.
I ghost-added the metal Moxee Bridge the other day, if you want to refine that entry. I tried to find a build date/contractor, to no avail.
Also I removed image link, if you want to make an entry for the bridge at Naches.
Wasn't that the same image you had added to this entry a month ago?
The image linked calls it the lower bridge.
9 years later ...
As of the posting date of 5/31/17 the Meyers Bridge is destroyed. In Feb. 2016 a flood took out the bridge
The above link shows the damaged bridge
Locals have told me that because of the tight right turn there were many accidents of hitting the bridge. A field trip to the bridge verifies that this is so. This prompted road engineers to abandon this section. Because of teen age parties the bridge is closed to foot traffic.
Builder's plate in photo 2 has 1891. There have probably been repairs to substructure, perhaps even replacement spans, at later times.
In my research I got two contradicting dates of when the bridge was destroyed First date is 1906 according to Yakima Museum. The other is 1964 based on the Whitnall family. They claim that their dad, Jack Whitnall was working for Boise Cascade as promo-man and took this picture at the same time.
I would like to verify this. Any help would be apppreciated
BTW I have family permission to post this picture.
WSDOT has created a tool for checking tall vehicle routes. It looks like you will be fine in your RV.
Did anyone figure out what the height on the sides of this tunnel was, my rv is 12 ft in vertical height, may not be able to drive down the middle where its 15ft
Some brave soul walked in from the west end and took this picture. Considering the earth here is a dam with water waiting to break through again, this picture was pretty risky to take.
I remember reading something to that effect as well Nathan. Although the towers appeared to be unaffected in the old photos, upon inspection they were found to be compromised.
I would have to read the histories again to confirm my memory, but as I recall the specific reasons the towers were scrapped, were that although they did not collapse, they sustained damage as the cables and deck were torn apart and fell into the river. Imagine all the weight of the deck and girders, plus the tension of the cables as that all ripped apart and fell into the river.
I'm kind of surprised that they scraped the towers and cables. I always assumed that the towers, at least were reused.
The location shown for this bridge about 0.25 miles downstream from the W Fort George Wright Drive bridge is the location of the original Great Northern bridge across the Spokane River downstream from Spokane Falls. This bridge was built around 1890. Like the older Chicago and Northwestern crossing of the Des Moines River west of Boone, Iowa, the GN descended to the bottom of the valley and then climbed the other side. The GN high bridge or viaduct of 1902, similar in vintage to the Kate Shelley viaduct , eliminated the grades on either side of the Spokane River. The center of the GN high bridge was located at approximately +47.666020, -117.462822 decimal degrees. The 1950 USGS 1:24,000 scale Spokane NW topographic map shows the location of the GN high bridge. The 1901 USGS 1:125,000 scale Spokane topographic map shows the location of the pre-1902 bridge.
The name of this bridge is The New Narrows Bridge. The official geographic name of the body of water crossed by the bridge is The Narrows, not The Tacoma Narrows. The enclosed photos were taken on July 15, 2007, the day of the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new bridge. The woman with the dark hair in the center of one photo is Paula Hammond, at the time WSDOT Chief of Staff. Later she became the Washington State Secretary of Transportation.
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.
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.
This is the detail of the bridge with the operating machinery mounted on the counterweight bridge tower and struts pinned to the bascule truss
This is the second picture
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.
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.
Landing a 75-foot girder during the construction of the Cow Creek Viaduct on September 10, 1908.
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.
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. http://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=wa...
Aerial imagery from historic aerials shows lift towers in 1940 and 1968/69
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?
went across it today....still a beauty.
That would've been the Union Pacific bridge, which lasted into the 80s: https://bridgehunter.com/wa/pierce/bh55394/
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....
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.
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.
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.
According to a railfan video on YouTube, the derailment occurred in February, 1980. The boxcars were both loaded with lumber.
Odd to see the roadway built up almost to the top of the railing at one end. At least they kept it intact.
Nathan,does anyone know the history of this bridge and when and how the boxcars ended up where they are?
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.
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.
That's one of the more unique things I have seen!
Discovered this one thanks to WISAARD. Report attached.
WISAARD Report Attached.
WISAARD File Attached.
WISAARD Report Attached.
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.
Picture of workers at cow creek viaduct
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.
Nice find JP!
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: http://www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/wa/stevens/s...
Yes the first photo is not fitting with the 1963 date. why hasn't this been fixed yet?
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.
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.
Here's an oil tank train crossing the bridge on April 3, 2016.
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.
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.
While we're on the topic of bridges in media, this bridge appears in the Amazon Prime show "The Man in the High Castle"
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!
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.
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.
drawing of the bridge are wonderful.
do you show them anywhere in the Seattle region?
BNSF Puyallup River Bridge. Photo by Steven Pavlov, 2014. CC-BY-SA-4.0.
I worked on the bridge in 2012 for Quigg Brothers construction.
We sand blasted and painted and laid down a new road deck.
This bridge is mentioned and shown in Arthur Hayden's book on rigid frame bridges. See attached.
One person's video of bridge with truck during the move.
Disassembled/moved out this weekend.
Image 9 comes from the Northern Pacific Historical Association.
the Washington State DOT is going to move this bridge and store it and possibly reuse it elsewhere.
Not a single photo on HistoricBridges.org, 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.
According to a street view file Aug.2014, this bridge is gone.
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)"
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):
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?
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: http://www.historicbridgerestoration.com/restorationmedia/vi...
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.
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.
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.
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?
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, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1o6OTuRc6cM
He'll be making an appearance at the Puyallup-Western Washington-Washington State Fair on Monday, Sep 14 at 7:30pm
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.
here is another picture
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,
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?
The bridge has in fact been repaired, and reopened to traffic.
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.
Here's a recent pic I took of the bridge
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!
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.
Good luck, Robert. You aren't being picky.
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.
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?
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" http://www.djc.com/news/co/12074022.html
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.
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."
I'll give you a hint--it sure ain't the concrete!
Before and after pictures.
Which interests y'all? The sunny day with concrete? Or the usual gray day on the coast with wood?
The HAER photos for this bridge were improperly located in the LOC database, so I pulled them out and uploaded them here.