Hood River Bridge

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Hood River Bridge
Coordinates 45°43′05″N 121°29′43″W / 45.717976°N 121.495211°W / 45.717976; -121.495211 (Hood River Bridge)Coordinates: 45°43′05″N 121°29′43″W / 45.717976°N 121.495211°W / 45.717976; -121.495211 (Hood River Bridge)
Carries Vehicles
Crosses Columbia River
Locale Between Hood River, Hood River County, Oregon, United States and White Salmon, Klickitat County, Washington, USA
Official name White Salmon Bridge[1]
Other name(s) Hood River Bridge
Maintained by Port of Hood River
Design Through-truss with a vertical lift
Total length 1,346.67 metres (4,418.2 ft)[1]
Longest span 79.92 metres (262.2 ft)[1]
Opened December 9, 1924[1]
Daily traffic 4 million (annual)
Toll Cars, vans, pickup without trailer: $2.00, Motorcycles: $0.75. $1.00 toll for each additional trailer axle.
Hood River Bridge is located in Oregon
Hood River Bridge

The Hood River Bridge is a truss bridge with a vertical lift that spans the Columbia River between Hood River, Oregon and White Salmon, Washington. It connects Interstate 84/U.S. Route 30 on the Oregon side with Washington State Route 14.

The bridge is currently the second oldest road bridge across the Columbia between Washington and Oregon. It was built by the Oregon-Washington Bridge Company and opened on December 9, 1924. The original name was the Waucoma Interstate Bridge.

Construction of the Bonneville Dam 23 miles (37 km) downstream forced the bridge to be altered in 1938 to accommodate the resulting elevated river levels. On December 12, 1950 the Port of Hood River purchased the bridge from the Oregon-Washington Bridge Co. for $800,000.

The bridge is operated as a toll bridge by the Port of Hood River. Currently the tolls are set to $1.00 per axle for vehicles, and $0.75 for motorcycles.[2] Bicycles and pedestrians are prohibited from crossing the bridge.

20 piers are used to support the total length of 4,418 ft (1347 m). When closed the vertical waterway clearance is 67 ft (20m). This increases to 148 ft (45 m) when the bridge is open at a river level of 75',[3] which typically happens once or twice a month. The horizontal waterway clearance of the lift span is 246 ft (75 m).

The bridge has weight restrictions: Total Gross Weight Limit: 80,000 lbs, each single axle: 20,000 lbs, tandem axles: 34,000 lbs. Vehicles higher than 14′ 7″ are restricted to travel on the bridge.

It is located at river mile 169, between Bridge of the Gods at RM 148 and The Dalles Bridge at RM 191.

Southeast side of the bridge, showing the lift span section


External links[edit]

  • Replacement bridge Full Report [1] (10MB).
  • History of the Hood River Bridge [2]