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Pilchuck Creek Bridge

Pilchuck Creek Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: August 26, 2014

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
WA-9 (Old Alignment) Over Pilchuck Creek
Rural: Snohomish County, Washington: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1916 By Builder/Contractor: Arvid Edwin Peterson and Engineer/Design: Daniel Luten

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
55 Feet (16.8 Meters)
Structure Length
120 Feet (36.6 Meters)
Roadway Width
16.7 Feet (5.09 Meters)
2 Main Span(s)
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Colleen Fontana contacted HistoricBridges.org and supplied the following information: My grandfather was the contractor who built the Pilchuck Creek Bridge. His name was: Arvid "Ed" Edwin Peterson. He was a immigrant from Sweden and lived in the Stanwood area for many years.

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This bridge was noted as the oldest bridge on the state highway system. However, the bridge today is no longer on the state highway system. A new bridge and highway alignment was constructed a short distance west of this bridge. The old WA-9 highway alignment was turned over to local control. At one time the bridge was at risk for demolition, but for now, it appears the bridge will remain in place and open to traffic, presumably owned by the county now. The bridge is historically significant for its age, and because it is a design based on one of Daniel Luten's patents for concrete arch bridges. The original plan sheet shown below bears Luten's name. Also note that the plans show traditional Luten-style railings, composed of solid concrete parapets with rectangle outlines set in the parapet. This design railing is found on most many Luten arches. Reportedly however, the railings were never actually built on this bridge, and instead the unusual decision to use wooden railing was used. These were later replaced with modern steel guardrail.

This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Luten


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