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Capitol Blvd. Bridge


Capitol Blvd. Bridge

Northbound IH5

Photo taken by Royce and Bobette Haley in August 2014


BH Photo #306323


Street Views 


Steel arch bridge over I-5 on Capitol Blvd. in Olympia
Olympia, Thurston County, Washington
Open to traffic
Built 1956; rehabilitated 1988
Steel arch
Length of largest span: 184.1 ft.
Total length: 283.2 ft.
Deck width: 56.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+47.02500, -122.89833   (decimal degrees)
47°01'30" N, 122°53'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/507725/5207947 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
Inventory number
BH 34263 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2015)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 88.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • October 27, 2014: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • April 5, 2010: New Street View added by James Baughn


  • K. A. Erickson
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com


Capitol Blvd. Bridge
Posted April 8, 2016, by Rob Petersen (heyrob [at] usa [dot] net)

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.

Capitol Blvd. Bridge
Posted March 20, 2012, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

Thanks Michael, asked and answered!

Capitol Blvd. Bridge
Posted March 20, 2012, by Michael Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is a steel arch. I have been under it many times.

Capitol Blvd. Bridge
Posted March 20, 2012, by Matt Lohry

A close-up in the street view from underneath does actually seem to suggest a steel arch, painted light gray (looks the same color as concrete)--The upper and lower edges of the arches themselves are flanged, where concrete would be flat without flanges. Also, it looks like the arch is reflecting a little bit of sunlight in the view to the southwest, also suggesting metal. These are just observations; I can't say for sure that this is accurate, however.

Capitol Blvd. Bridge
Posted March 19, 2012, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

Description indicates "steel arch", street view images clearly suggest, concrete arch. Local information needed.

Capitol Blvd. Bridge
Posted August 24, 2009, by Steven Rosenow (srosenow_98 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Here's a photograph taken of the bridge on August 23, 2008.

The Washington State Department of Transportation just recently did some major repair and rehabilitation work to this bridge within the last few weeks.

It is also, sadly, a frequent site of suicides.