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I-5 - North Fork Lewis River Bridge (Southbound)


North Fork Lewis River Bridge

from northwest

Photo taken by Michael Goff on January 24, 2009


BH Photo #132617


Street Views 


Coninuous Warren through truss bridge over North Fork Lewis River on I-5 southbound
Clark County, Washington
Open to traffic
Built 1940
Continuous Warren through truss
Length of largest span: 324.2 ft.
Total length: 1,310.1 ft.
Deck width: 47.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.5 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+45.88978, -122.73338   (decimal degrees)
45°53'23" N, 122°44'00" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/520685/5081835 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory number
BH 34178 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 40.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • February 9, 2015: Photos imported by Dave King
  • October 30, 2014: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • September 9, 2010: New Street View added by Michael Goff
  • January 27, 2009: Updated by Michael Goff
  • January 26, 2009: Updated by Michael Goff


  • Mike Goff - michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com
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North Fork Lewis River Bridge
Posted March 25, 2011, by Michael Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] odot [dot] state [dot] or [dot] us)


I will look into this bridge, especially since this one is in my childhood backyard. I grew up east of Woodland near the small town of Yacolt in Clark County.

I am going to speculate that the bridge you have referred to that was built prior to the 1940 structure was actually located about a half mile upstream when the county road bridge is today.

My reasoning is that the original route of the Pacific Highway crossed the river at that location. The realignment of US 99 in the 1940's took the more direct route bypassing the unstable hillsides along the two Lewis Rivers and the town of LaCenter. I-5 follows this same route today.

I will look into it and get back to you.

North Fork Lewis River Bridge
Posted March 24, 2011, by K. A. Erickson

There existed a previous highway bridge here, dedicated May 17, 1913. 2,000 spectators showed up. Arthur Cavill, a swim instructor from the Multnomah Club in Portland was seriously injured in a sack dive. While tied in a sack and dropped 65 feet in an attempt to perform a signature Monte Cristo dive he struck a wood crate floating in the water and was not resuscitated for over 30 minutes.