This project consists of cleaning & painting the historic pipeline/pedestrian bridge, illumination and safety and security fencing.
Why are we Building This Project?
The 100 year old Columbia River Bridge opened in 1908 as the first road bridge over the Columbia River south of Canada. It also accommodated pipelines for irrigation of orchards east of the River. It is a steel truss bridge over one thousand feet in length connecting the cities of Wenatchee and East Wenatchee. The structure has significant paint loss as it has never been repainted. It continues to function as a conduit for irrigation water to 4000 acres in Douglas County but now also serves as a significant leg of the Apple Capital Loop Trail which is a pedestrian and bicycle facility approximately 10 miles in length connecting the two sides of the river. Structural repairs are currently under way which will provide the structure with the ability to handle full pedestrian loads along with the full irrigation pipeline. Current bridge repairs are being funded by the Wenatchee Reclamation District, City of Wenatchee, City of East Wenatchee, Chelan County, Douglas County, LINK, Chelan County PUD, WVTC, Port of Chelan County, and Port of Douglas County. This application also includes $73,370 of WVTC enhancement allocation through this program.
How can I get more information?
Steve King, P.E.