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Bridge of the Gods, Cascade Locks

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The Bridge of the Gods is a steel truss cantilever bridge that spans the Columbia River between Cascade Locks, Oregon, and Washington state near North Bonneville. It is approximately 40 miles (64 kilometers) east of Portland, Oregon, and 4 miles (6.4 km) upriver from the Bonneville Dam. It is a toll bridge operated by the Port of Cascade Locks.The bridge was completed by Wauna Toll Bridge Company and opened in 1926 at a length of 1,127 feet (343 m). The higher river levels resulting from the construction of the Bonneville Dam required the bridge to be further elevated in 1940 and extended to its current length of 1,856 feet (565 m). The Columbia River Bridge Company of Spokane, Washington, acquired ownership of the bridge in 1953 for $735,000. The Port of Cascade Locks Commission now operates the bridge.The bridge is named after the historic geologic feature also known as Bridge of the Gods.The Pacific Crest Trail crosses the Columbia River on the Bridge of the Gods, and the lowest elevation of the trail is on this bridge.
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  • A great piece of archtecture spanning the Colembia river. This is one of the main ways to get to the state of Wahington. There is a $2 toll for a car.  more »
  • One of the rare toll bridges in Oregon. Accessed from Oregon at Cascade Locks, just east of Fort Rains off Washington Rt 14. one of the few crossings (and probably the shortest) between Oregon and Was...  more »
  • Pay $2 each way to cross this bridge. Nothing spectacular but it gets you where you need to go. We were heading to Dog Mountain for a long hike...  more »
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  • Contrary to other reviews here, the Bridge of the Gods does not offer, "a salad bar and even have gluten free buns for their burgers." The bridge is one of two crossings of the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington states that are available to motorists traveling through the Columbia River Gorge, the other alternative is the bridge at Hood River. Both of these are toll bridges. Posted rates vary based upon number of axles and other various criteria, but are not posted when entering the bridge from the Washington State side. The Bridge of the Gods is open to both car, truck and pedestrian foot traffic, however both share the rather narrow roadway and even though the posted (and electronically monitored) speed limit is 15 MPH, crossing on foot can be treacherous. Those with small children , strollers, bikes or other devices might want to choose safer alternatives for crossing the bridge. An excellent vantage point for pictures of the bridge is located on the west end of the island in the Port of Cascade Locks Marine Park (accessible by foot after parking in the main park near the museum and crossing the footbridge.) Thunder Island on the west end of the main park road offers another photo alternative as well. Access to the bridge on the Oregon side is from the west end of Cascade Locks and is well marked. On the Washington State side, the entrance is roughly 2 miles west of Stevenson and is well marked, too.
  • A Majestic Crossing Bridging Washington And Oregon. Pedestrian/Cyclists Friendly. Onlookers Are Able To Tread Alongside Vehicles Free Of Charge. The Experience Grants A Passerby The Ability To 'Feel' Closer To Nature. As Vehicles Rumble Pass One Can Feel The Bridge Hum Under Their Feet. A 'Must Experience' Excursion For Those Desiring To Capture The Excitement Of The Outdoors!
  • What a bridge and connection to two states in one of the most beautiful national parks! The steel adds to the rustic feeling.. take a moment under the bridge to feel the fresh river air.
  • Gorgeous place to stop along the way or as a destination. Unfortunately a lot was closed of my way but seeing this bridge alone made the drive worth it. Really magnificent piece of engineering.
  • ... it's a bridge.. how do you review a bridge? It must be a good one since we didn't die.
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