This nice Reeves postcard shows the Interstate Bridge right after it opened in 1924. This was before the river level rose behind the Bonneville Dam. In little more than 10 years the bridge required major modifications including a lift span for river traffic.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
I am not an expert on Columbia River bridges. But I use the Astoria and Rainier bridges regularly. Neither have a toll. Despite being considerably wider, longer, and higher and I would guess considerably more expensive to build and maintain. The Astoria bridge was originally mocked as the "Bridge to Nowhere", but the tolls ended there a long time ago because it was paid for. I know us kids used to run the Hood River bridge without paying a few times, but that can't be the reason it is still charging a toll. What is the story on why they still have a considerable toll on the Hood River bridge?
Buzz on 25th July 2014 @ 7:32am
I can fill in a little history. This bridge was built with private money in 1924, and later purchased by the Port of Hood River. Most other bridges are owned by a state department of transportation which assumes maintenance costs, but our bridge is maintained by the Port using toll revenues and whatever grant monies or public appropriations they can get. Under their charter and Oregon law they can also use toll revenues for other Port projects. Lat time I looked something between 1/2 and 2/3 of the toll revenue was for maintenance, the rest for other projects.
Arthur on 25th July 2014 @ 8:33am
I find it interesting how they re-routed the gas line when the lift was added, up one tower and down the other. It was painted "barber pole" at the time and possible still is.
Kenn on 25th July 2014 @ 8:47am
Thank you. Makes sense, so long as somebody responsible is keeping their eye on "other projects."
Buzz on 25th July 2014 @ 8:51am
They must have pondered what they were going to do about ice build up against the wooden frame work.
l.e. on 25th July 2014 @ 8:53am
The bridge was obviously opened before the false work was removed. During construction false work would have to be monitored for brush or ice buildup.
Kenn on 25th July 2014 @ 9:18am
and I believe that the HR port commissioners are elected positions versus appointed like the Port of Portland.....thus giving the locals a bit more say in how their port is operated.
Arlen Sheldrake on 25th July 2014 @ 11:07am
Don't think that is falsework, that is just the way the original ramps for the bride were built. Just how they did it at the time, wood would have been a cheap local resource while steel probably cost more at the rolling mill while needing to be shipped across country via an expensive rail system.
Anyone know what the original bridge decking was?
longshot on 25th July 2014 @ 2:47pm
Bridge piers in water were normally, if not always, concrete rather than steel or wood. Very early ones had concrete poured in steel pipes, an example remains at the site of the long gone middle bridge on the White Salmon River.
I assume the original decking was the same as I remember on Bridge of the Gods, rattling wood planks..
Kenn on 25th July 2014 @ 4:53pm