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Old Madame Dorian Bridge

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Walla Walla River Bridge

Photo taken by Mike Goff in July 2016

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BH Photo #357976

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Overview
Abandoned concrete rigid frame bridge over Walla Walla River on US 12
Location
Walla Walla County, Washington
Status
Abandoned and partially removed
History
Built 1931, partially removed and abandoned in 1949
Design
Concrete rigid frame
Approximate latitude, longitude
+46.05921, -118.90842   (decimal degrees)
46°03'33" N, 118°54'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/352385/5102396 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Wallula
Land survey
T. 14 N., R. 11 W., Sec. 6
Inventory number
BH 55606 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 29, 2017: New photo from Kyle Jarvis
  • July 9, 2016: New photos from Mike Goff
  • February 20, 2013: Added by Luke Harden

Sources 

  • Luke
  • Mike Goff - michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Kyle Jarvis

Comments 

Old Madame Dorian Bridge
Posted August 30, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Maybe they wanted a bridge with higher elevation in case the lake filled up during high water events. Its also worth noting that the new bridge was a realignment for the highway too so it may have afforded a better curve for the highway. It was not unheard of for bridges in this period of rapid development of highways to have a short service life as highways were realigned to allow for safer and higher speeds.

Old Madame Dorian Bridge
Posted August 29, 2017, by Jacob P Lennington (simpspin [at] yahoo [dot] com)

It seems it had something to do with filling in the nearby lake, according to this guy:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/stones55/485239423

Old Madame Dorian Bridge
Posted August 29, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Anyone have the story on why this bridge was in use for so little time?