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BNSF - Columbia River Bridge


B.N.S.F. Railroad Bridge 9.6

from northeast

Photo taken by Michael Goff on January 21,2009


BH Photo #132515

Street Views 


Information from NPRHA.org Online Collection

This bridge and the Oregon Slough Bridge to the south were originally built as one continuous 6,467' bridge consisting of sixteen simple through truss spans and two swing truss spans totaling 4,273' and 2,194' of steel deck plate girder spans across Hayden Island. The Hayden Island viaduct was later replaced with fill, separating the bridge into north channel and south channel sections.


Swing span through truss bridge over the Columbia River
Vancouver, Clark County, Washington, and Multnomah County, Oregon
Open to traffic
Built 1908
- American Bridge Co. of New York (Steel Fabricator)
- Kelly-Atkinson Construction Co. of Chicago, Illinois (Erectors)
- Ralph Modjeski of Bochnia, Poland (Engineer)
- Amtrak (AMTK)
- Amtrak Cascades
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- Great Northern Railway (GN)
- Northern Pacific Railway (NP)
- Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway (SPS)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Swing through truss
Length of largest span: 462.0 ft.
Total length: 2,808.2 ft. (0.5 mi.)
Deck width: 25.0 ft.
Also called
Columbia River Railroad Bridge
North Bank Bridge
BNSF Bridge 9.6
Approximate latitude, longitude
+45.62557, -122.69029   (decimal degrees)
45°37'32" N, 122°41'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/524142/5052493 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
50 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 34185 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 1999)
Overall condition: Good
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • February 7, 2023: New photo from Mike Goff
  • January 20, 2023: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • May 28, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added that this and the Oregon Slough bridge were once connected as one long bridge
  • May 26, 2022: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • July 18, 2021: New photo from Carl Johnson
  • April 26, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • October 5, 2020: New photo from Henry Lombard-Hughes
  • January 29, 2020: Updated by John Marvig: Added information from NP bridge records
  • April 7, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • June 9, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Added "Kelly-Atkinson Construction Co. (Erector)" to builder's section
  • January 12, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway"
  • July 31, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Amtrak Cascades", "Amtrak"
  • September 7, 2010: New Street View added by Michael Goff
  • April 18, 2010: New photo from Nathan Morton
  • January 21, 2009: New photo from Michael Goff
  • November 24, 2008: Updated by Michael Goff: Updated Info.
  • November 3, 2008: Updated by Michael Goff: Added Builders

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BNSF Railway Bridge 9.6
Posted July 12, 2009, by BC SMITH (bysmiths [at] inbox [dot] com)

I was riveting on this bridge when the 1965 earthquake hit. Almost shook off into the Columbia River. Became Trainman the next day.