Quote from Wikipedia:
"The Astoria-Megler Bridge is a continuous truss bridge that spans the mouth of the Columbia River between Astoria, Oregon and Point Ellice near Megler, Washington, in the United States. The span was the last segment of U.S. Route 101 between Olympia, Washington and Los Angeles, California. It is the longest continuous truss bridge in North America."
"The bridge is 21,474 ft (6,545 m) in length and carries one lane of traffic in each direction. The main span is closest to the Oregon side and measures 1,232 feet (376 m) long. The bridge was built to withstand 150 mph (240 km/h) wind gusts and river speeds of 9 mph (14 km/h). As of 2004, an average of 7,100 vehicles per day use the Astoria-Megler Bridge. Designed by William A. Bugee, construction of the cantilever truss bridge was completed by the DeLong Corporation, the American Bridge Company, and Pomeroy Gerwick.
Pedestrians are prohibited from the bridge except during the annual bridge walk called the "Great Columbia Crossing". Bicycles are permitted on the bridge in both Oregon and Washington."
We are heading northbound on Hwy 101 and finally get a glimpse of "the Bridge"
We have travelled over this bridge before and whenever some one mentions the name Astoria then images of this bridge comes to mind
It is the longest 3 truss continuous span bridge in the world which spans Oregon and Washington states over the Columbia River.
There is but a single lane in each direction and pedestrian traffic is forbidden, but bicyclists are allowed
There is a long cloverleaf to access the main span and heading northbound you are to maneuver over to the left lane
Eventually we are trapped within the confines of its steel structure
This bridge is approx 6.5 kms (~ 4 miles) long, and Washington State beckons on the opposite side of the Columbia River
It seems like a long way to the other side, but I am sure nothing like the Great Ocean Highway which spans the Mainland southbound towards Key West, FL
When you finally arrive on the Washington side you are greeted with this directional sign
I am sure that this was an engineering marvel when it was completed in the 1960's
City of Bay Ocean, Oregon:
I am sure that I have mentioned my love for "places Lost" . This includes Ghost Towns and places from the historic past. A few years ago we noticed this sign on the 3 Cape Loop which is just West of Tillumook, OR. It is an interesting story of a city which failed and was swallowed by the Ocean during violent storms. There are pictures of the City on the "web" and its history makes for interesting reading. I will leave it to you to do further research if you are interested. There is nothing left except a park which is accessed by a rough dirt and gravel road.
Spotted: interesting Coffee Pot near Arlington, WA: