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Novelty Bridge



Steel through arch bridge over Snoqualmie River on NE 124th Street in Union Hill-Novelty Hill
King County, Washington
Open to traffic
Built 2000
- J & S Construction of Spokane, Washington (Sub-Contractor)
- K & L Rebar of Tukwila, Washington (Sub-Contractor)
- Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Quade & Douglas of New York City, New York (Structural Engineer)
- Wilder Construction Co. of Bellingham, Washington (General Contractor)
Steel through arch
Length of largest span: 295.0 ft.
Total length: 623.1 ft.
Deck width: 39.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.8 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+47.70917, -121.99548   (decimal degrees)
47°42'33" N, 121°59'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/575352/5284465 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 26 N., R. 6 E., Sec. 26
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory number
BH 34329 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2017)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 86.7 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • February 3, 2009: Updated by Michael Goff


  • Mike Goff - michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • K. A. Erickson


Novelty Bridge
Posted February 4, 2009, by Quinn Phelan (qphelan [at] earthlink [dot] net)

Living in and around Duvall all my life, I have crossed the old and new Novelty bridges many times. The old bridge was built in 1920 and was designed for horses and wagons. I recall many times meeting a car on the narrow bridge at 50 MPH and wondering if my side mirror was going to get clipped. There were many wrecks. Crossing was always very scary. There were always mirrors and car parts on the bridge deck. In 2000 we were all inconvenienced for almost a year while bridge construction waited for salmon to migtate and arguments over the million dollar art work. The bridge was finally completed a year later and is alot safer now. The new bridge was designed to look like the old bridge. But, the bright colors and stupid art work just didn't do the job. Sorry, the only picture of the old bridge I could find was a thumbnail.