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Julia Butler Hansen Bridge

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Julia Butler Hansen Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: August 31, 2018

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
WA-409 Over Columbia River
Location
Cathlamet: Wahkiakum County, Washington: United States
Structure Type
Metal 14 Panel Rivet-Connected Warren Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal 8 Panel Rivet-Connected Warren Deck Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1939 By Builder/Contractor: Poole and McGonigle Steel Company of Portland, Oregon and Engineer/Design: Clark H. Eldridge and Ralph W. Finke of Olympia, Washington

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1987
Main Span Length
420 Feet (128 Meters)
Structure Length
2,615 Feet (797.1 Meters)
Roadway Width
20 Feet (6.1 Meters)
Spans
3 Main Span(s) and 15 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
0002377A0000000

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This bridge is a good and relatively example of a cantilever truss bridge in Washington State. The approach spans on this bridge, originally including a timber design, are today replaced and modern concrete. The drawing above shows the original design. However, the main truss spans plus a single simple deck truss approach span remain in place today and with good historic integrity.

The bridge is also historically significant for association with Depression-era relief programs. It retains a standard federal-design plaque on it, which is testimony to the bridge's funding under the federal relief programs.

Steel for the bridge was fabricated by Poole and McGonigle Steel Company of Portland, Oregon.

The bridge was being painted when visited by HistoricBridges.org so some guest photos are included in the gallery.

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