Railroad Bridge new span

Last winter floodwaters and accompanying debris on the Dungeness River undermined and collapsed part of the Railroad Bridge. The historic trestle survived without damage but the western portion of the span required replacement. A new prefabricated deck has recently been placed on new foundations. This is the portion on the right, above, that does not have tall vertical timbers above the deck.

Railroad Bridge new span 2

Here’s a view from the other side, looking westward along the side of the bridge. A fence at the west end of the trestle makes it hard to get a good shot of the new deck.

This property belongs to the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe. The Tribe has partnered with a variety of entities to rebuild the bridge. The good news is that the new portion of the bridge was engineered to reduce the number of pilings in the river and removed old ones that had been treated with creosote. This improves salmon habitat and allow a less impeded river flow.

The lines of Sequim’s Railroad Bridge are total eye candy and it’s irresistible to photographers, painters, and other artists who have rendered beautiful images of it for decades.

There are gorgeous native trees and shrubs on both sides of the bridge and it’s pleasant to visit just about any time of the year.

Although I’ll still post, I’m away for a few days and may not be able to check in regularly. See you next week!

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries when logging was king on the Olympic Peninsula, the area was laced with spur railroads that brought logs out of the local forests. Some of the historic railways became current roadbeds but functioning railroads no longer exist here. Railroad Bridge, across the Dungeness River, is one vestage, a bridge that was restored over 20 years ago by volunteers. It is now a park and part of the Olympic Discovery Trail. Adjacent to our local Audubon Center, its caretakers are the River Center Foundation and the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe.

The Railroad Bridge is a wonderful place to walk. The river teems with life and it’s a good place to see birds. Volunteers completed a ramp up to the bridge, making it accessible to wheelchairs, strollers, and bicycles. I think it’s a lovely example of an historic working bridge and the setting couldn’t be prettier.

This is what the bridge looks like from the river level. I’ll post a couple more photos of the bridge next week.

Happy Passover!

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