Rock Island Railroad Bridge (Columbia River)

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Rock Island Railroad Bridge
Rock Island RR Bridge.jpg
Carries 1 railroad track
Crosses Columbia River
Locale Rock Island, WA
Maintained by BNSF Railway
Characteristics
Design Truss bridge
Total length 875 feet (267 m)
Longest span 416.5 feet (127 m)
History
Opened 1892
Statistics
Daily traffic freight
Rock Island Railroad Bridge
Rock Island Railroad Bridge (Columbia River) is located in Washington (state)
Rock Island Railroad Bridge (Columbia River)
Nearest city Rock Island, Washington
Coordinates 47°22′2″N 120°9′9″W / 47.36722°N 120.15250°W / 47.36722; -120.15250Coordinates: 47°22′2″N 120°9′9″W / 47.36722°N 120.15250°W / 47.36722; -120.15250
Area 1 acre (0.4 ha)
Built 1892
Architect Edge Moor Bridge Works
Architectural style fixed span through truss br.
MPS Historic Bridges/Tunnels in Washington State TR (AD)
NRHP Reference # 75001842[1]
Added to NRHP July 30, 1975

The Rock Island Railroad Bridge is BNSF Railway's bridge across the Columbia River, at Rock Island, Washington. The structure consists of one through truss, one deck truss, and an approach trestle.

History[edit]

The bridge was originally built in 1892 for the Great Northern Railway and was the first bridge to span the Columbia River. The site was chosen at Rock Island, Washington for being the shortest distance between the banks of the Columbia River in Washington State. In 1925, it was decided to strengthen the main span in anticipation of increased traffic and heavier trains by reinforcing the structure with an additional outside truss frame.

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.