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Kettle Falls Bridge


General View From East Bank Of Columbia River Looking North

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #150896

Street View 


Through truss bridge over Columbia River on US 395
Stevens County, Washington, and Ferry County, Washington
Open to traffic
Built 1941
- L. Romano Engineering Co. (Steel Contractor)
- Pacific Car & Foundry Co. of Seattle, Washington (Fabricator)
- Ralph W. Finke of Olympia, Washington (State Bridge Engineer)
- S.S. Mullen Inc. (Concrete Contractor)
This bridge was one of two steel cantilever spans that the Washington Department of Highways constructed to replace structures flooded by the waters rising behind Grand Coulee Dam. / The Columbia River Bridge at Kettle Falls with its 600' steel-truss cantilevered and suspended structure has the longest central span of any highway bridge built in the state of Washington in the 1940s. Construction of this structure and the Spokane River Bridge at Fort Spokane (HAER No. WA-113), was financed by the United States Bureau of Reclamation, as part of a highway relocation program in conjunction with the Grand Coulee Dam -- Columbia Basin Reclamation Project. The dam's construction raised the Columbia River, creating the Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake. The reservoir's formation necessitated replacing the two highway bridges and one railroad structure.
(HAER WA-91)
Length of largest span: 600.1 ft.
Total length: 1,267.1 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.4 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 28, 1995
Approximate latitude, longitude
+48.62564, -118.11718   (decimal degrees)
48°37'32" N, 118°07'02" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/417676/5386443 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 95000260 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 34569 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 48 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • June 26, 2019: New photos from Mike Garland
  • September 25, 2018: New photos from Mike Goff
  • May 1, 2015: New photos from C Hanchey
  • July 12, 2012: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added fabricator.

Related Bridges 


  • HAER WA-91 - Columbia River Bridge at Kettle Falls
  • Mike Goff - michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • K. A. Erickson
  • Wikipedia - Kettle Falls Bridge
  • Nathan Holth
  • Mike Garland - Rapier342 [at] comcast [dot] net
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • C Hanchey - cmh2315fl [at] yahoo [dot] com