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Trail of the Cedars Suspension Bridge

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Description 

Built in 1969 by Seattle City Ligh, the bridge connects Newhalem Town Center to the National Park Visitor Center by the Trail Of the Cedars trail.

In October 2000, the north side timber tower collapsed with the bridge carrying 30 or more pedestrians. Despite the bridge deck dropping more than 10 feet there were miraculously no injuries or fatalities, and the remaining tower together with the stiffened truss prevented total collapse of the bridge into the river.

Sahale LLC came and stabilized the structure in the month after the partial collapse, then later in 2001 repaired the buckled deck, and replaced the timber towers with steel towers.

Facts 

Overview
Wire suspension bridge over Skagit River on pedestrian pathway
Location
Newhalem, Whatcom County, Washington
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Built 1969
Builder
- Seattle City Light
Design
Wire/cable suspension
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 250.0 ft.
Deck width: 6.0 ft.
Also called
The Gorge Inn Suspension Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+48.67209, -121.24633   (decimal degrees)
48°40'20" N, 121°14'47" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/629105/5392487 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 63919 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 1, 2014: Added by Patrick S. O'Donnell

Sources 

  • Patrick S. O'Donnell - 1 [dot] 991km [at] comcast [dot] net