Astoria-Megler Bridge, Astoria

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The Astoria–Megler Bridge is a steel cantilever through truss bridge that spans the Columbia River between Astoria, Oregon and Point Ellice near Megler, Washington, in the United States. Located 14mi from the mouth of the river, the bridge is 4.1mi long and was the last completed segment of U.S. Route 101 between Olympia, Washington, and Los Angeles, California. It is the longest continuous truss bridge in North America.
Ferry service between Astoria and the Washington side of the Columbia River began in 1926. The Oregon Department of Transportation purchased the ferry service in 1946. This ferry service did not operate during inclement weather and the half-hour travel time caused delays. In order to allow faster and more reliable crossings near the mouth of the river, a bridge was planned. The bridge was built jointly by the Oregon Department of Transportation and Washington State Department of Transportation.
Construction on the structure began on November 5, 1962. The concrete piers were cast at Tongue Point, 4mi upriver. The steel structure was built in segments at Vancouver, Washington, 90mi upriver, then barged downstream where hydraulic jacks lifted them into place. On August 27, 1966, with more than 30,000 people in attendance, Governors Mark Hatfield of Oregon and Dan Evans of Washington opened the bridge by cutting a ceremonial ribbon. The cost of the project was $24 million, equivalent to $ today, and was paid for by tolls that were removed on December 24, 1993, more than two years early.
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  • We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express directly up river and had a perfect view from our room plus, we had to drive over and back for the experience.  more »
  • What an impressive bridge, an icon that connects Oregon and Washington across the Columbia River. The amount of steel used here makes you giddy, something that also does its height. An Amazing Bridge!
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  • We played The Cure as we drove over the bridge - it was a beautiful afternoon! The drive along the Washington Coast was quite serene and absolutely gorgeous!
  • Make a point of going over this bridge. It's so well worth the drive. Beautiful views of Astoria and the docks. We were lucky enough to come on the day with a massive cruise ship moored near the bridge. It gave us nice views of the cruise ship, too.

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