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Nisqually Glacier Bridge


View Of Bridge And Nisqually Glacier Gorge From Ricksecker Point Facing Northeast

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #150774


Street View 


Deck plate girder bridge over Nisqually River on Nisqually Road
Pierce County, Washington, and Lewis County, Washington
Open to traffic
Built 1958
- West Coast Steel Works of Portland, Oregon (Contractor)
The first bridge on the site was distinguished for its construction at the snout of the Nisqually Glacier; this made the Nisqually Road "the first road in America to reach a glacier." However, the siting just below the massive glacier led to the destruction or heavy damage to four subsequent bridges by glacier floods. The present high-level bridge, 600' below the old bridge site, was designed to survive the extreme conditions sometimes encountered at the crossing.
(HAER WA-61)
Length of largest span: 303.2 ft.
Total length: 743.1 ft.
Deck width: 27.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+46.78198, -121.76227   (decimal degrees)
46°46'55" N, 121°45'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/594481/5181681 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Mount Rainier West
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
Inventory number
BH 43771 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 32 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • December 17, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • March 19, 2012: Updated by Craig Philpott: Corrected Location
  • December 21, 2009: Added by Michael Goff