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Pilchuck Creek Bridge

Photos 

Photo Courtesy WSDOT

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BH Photo #199911

Map 

Street View 

Description 

This is the oldest bridge on the state highway system which consists of 3600 bridges.

Facts 

Overview
Concrete arch bridge over Pilchuck Creek on WA 9
Location
Snohomish County, Washington
Status
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Slated for demolition and replacement by WSDOT.
History
Built 1916
Design
Closed-spandrel arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 55.1 ft.
Total length: 120.1 ft.
Deck width: 16.7 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+48.26521, -122.16549   (decimal degrees)
48°15'55" N, 122°09'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/561930/5346114 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
McMurray
Inventory number
BH 34519 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 08/2014)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 66.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
1,799

Categories 

Arch (11,274)
Built 1916 (633)
Built during 1910s (8,806)
Closed-spandrel arch (3,644)
Deck arch (10,511)
Doomed (1,041)
Functionally obsolete (8,050)
Have street view (22,590)
NR-eligible (3,979)
Open (36,900)
Owned by state (13,898)
Snohomish County, Washington (101)
Span length 50-75 feet (9,017)
Total length 100-125 feet (4,702)
WA 9 (6)
Washington (1,165)

Update Log 

  • April 18, 2016: New photo from John Bernhisel
  • May 24, 2011: New photos from Nathan Holth
  • August 12, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed. Added NR Eligibility Status.

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Comments 

Pilchuck Creek Bridge
Posted May 24, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Interestingly, when WSDOT first started the project and solicited consulting parties, there were NO PHOTOS of the bridge made available by WSDOT. That's not good in itself, but worse there were no photos on BridgeHunter. Nobody even knew what the bridge looked like, so it was hard to decide whether it was worth becoming a consulting party or not.

Pilchuck Creek Bridge
Posted May 24, 2011, by K. A. Erickson

Usually WSDOT waits until a bridge gets to deficient status before replacing so they can get more federal funds. I really do not know why they need to replace as their plans call for a 4 lane WA 9 in the future which could easily be put to the west. The road could just serve the few houses nearby and bridge remain in place. But this is WSDOT, an agency that has saved only one bridge in its entire history and seems content on resting on those laurels.

Interesting note, they took images in August a few days after I did, and they are not surprisingly worse. You cannot show the best in something when you want to get rid of it no?

And Bickford on the plans ... a big player in the county. Streets are named after him.

Pilchuck Creek Bridge
Posted May 24, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Section 106 is ongoing for this bridge. I added the photos WSDOT has provided to consulting parties, and am attaching a plan sheet showing the bridge with original railings which was also included among the materials.