Bridge of the Gods (modern structure)
Bridge of the Gods
|Locale||Cascade Locks, Oregon / Skamania County, Washington|
|Maintained by||Port of Cascade Locks|
|Design||Cantilever through truss|
|Total length||1,856 ft (565 m)|
|Longest span||706 ft (215 m)|
|Clearance below||140 feet (43 m)|
|Daily traffic||3,732 (2014)|
|Toll||Cars $2.00 (both directions)|
The Bridge of the Gods is a steel truss cantilever bridge that spans the Columbia River between Cascade Locks, Oregon, and Washington state near North Bonneville. It is approximately 40 miles (64 km) east of Portland, Oregon, and 4 miles (6.4 km) upriver from the Bonneville Dam. It is a toll bridge operated by the Port of Cascade Locks.
The bridge was completed by the Wauna Toll Bridge Company and opened in 1926 at a length of 1,127 feet (344 m). The higher river levels resulting from the construction of the Bonneville Dam required the bridge to be further elevated in 1940 and extended to its current length of 1,858 feet (566 m). The Columbia River Bridge Company of Spokane, Washington, acquired ownership of the bridge in 1953 for $735,000. The Port of Cascade Locks Commission now operates the bridge.
The Pacific Crest Trail crosses the Columbia River on the Bridge of the Gods, and the lowest elevation of the trail is on this bridge.
Onlookers in September 1927 saw Charles Lindbergh fly the Spirit of St. Louis from Portland low over the new bridge and then in a bit of barnstorming, make a 180 degree turn and fly back under the bridge, continuing to the Portland Airport, then located on Swan Island.
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- "WSDOT Annual Traffic Report, 2014" (PDF). Washington State Department of Transportation. Retrieved January 30, 2016.
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- "Bridge of Gods changes hands". The Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Wash. February 19, 1953. p. 7. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
- "Bridge of the Gods toll increases July 1, 'Wild' movie to blame". KATU. June 30, 2016. Retrieved June 18, 2018.