Bridges to Nowhere
A couple days ago, I got to see them for myself.......
Construction date on never-used highway bridge. It would have linked a never-built expressway to West-Bound WA-520
As you can see, not even the connection road or ramp to the bridge was built.....
....because if you turn your back, this is all you see.
On the ramp proper. WDOT has "no trespassing" signs all over this ramp and the connecting bridge.
I walked a little way up the bridge. You can see the bolts in the concrete for the guard rails and lamps.
Looking back towards the bridge end. I have NO idea why it got the purple shade it did. Looks kinda cool though. The rest of the colours are true though
Here you see one of two "stubs" that would have linked the expressway with WA-520
And both stubs
Here's the transition bridge from West-Bound WA-520 what would have been the expressway, and is now to Washington Boulevard E. interchange. You see the stub of what would have been a ramp off the bridge
Again, the bridge stubs.
And you see the bridge as it arches over the water and the highway
If you look closely, you can see the bolts intended for the rails.
Again, the purple tinge. This area is now part of the Washington Park Arboretum, and is beautiful. The feeling is that nature stopped the bridge from *quite* touching the ground
Here's a low shot of the connecting bridge
And a higher shot
Originally, this would have continued on as an expressway. Now, it's an Arboretum.
Here you can see the start of the twin bridges. Only the outer portion is used now.
Close up of the bridge stubs.