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Washington Street Railroad Overpass

Washington Street Overcrossing

Washington Street Railroad Overpass

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: August 27, 2014

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Washington Street Over Railroad (BNSF, Former Northern Pacific)
Location
Spokane: Spokane County, Washington: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1915 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
66 Feet (20.12 Meters)
Structure Length
80 Feet (24.38 Meters)
Roadway Width
170 Feet (51.82 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
84977000000000

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This well-maintained bridge is one of a number of grade separation bridges that carry the railroad over city streets in Spokane in this area. This particular structure over Washington Street is unique among those however. It is the only one which is a concrete arch bridge, with the others being more simple concrete slab style bridges. The spandrel walls of the arch have attractive architectural details including inscriptions showing the 1915 construction date as "NPRY" for Northern Pacific Railway. This bridge also is very wide, and in fact at the north end the spandrel wall runs at a skew, meaning the eastern end of the bridge is wider than the western end. The southern spandrel wall is in contrast perpendicular to the abutments. The width of the bridge accommodates additional tracks that form to run into the train station which is located a short distance east of the bridge.

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