Bridge Facts

Here are some facts and statistics about the Astoria-Megler Bridge.

  • Design
  • Cantilever Through-Truss
  • Material
  • Steel and Cement
  • Total Length
  • 21,677 feet (4.1 miles)
  • Width
  • 28 feet (8.5 meters)
  • Longest Span
  • 1,233 feet (376 meters)
  • Number of Spans
  • 8 (main)
    33 (approach)
  • Clearance Below
  • 196 feet (60 meters)
    at High Tide
  • Deck to Streambed
  • 260 feet
  • Designer
  • Oregon and Washington Transportation Departments
  • Engineer
  • Ivan D. Merchant
  • Construction Start
  • November 5, 1962
  • Construction Completd
  • August 27, 1966
  • Construction Cost
  • $24 Million
  • Opened
  • July 29, 1966
  • Inaugurated
  • August 27, 1966
  • Replaced
  • Astoria-Megler Ferry
  • Daily Traffic
  • 7,100
  • Toll
  • None – Ended December 1993
  • Ownership
  • Oregon and Washington States

Home Movies of the Bridge Construction
(No Sound)
courtesy of Jeff Daly

Bridge Description

The main span of the structure is a 2,468-foot steel cantilever through-truss made up of two 618-foot outer truss sections and a 1,232-foot central truss span. The cantilever truss is flanked by five steel deck trusses, 140 eighty-foot concrete deck girder spans and, at the Washington end of the bridge, seven 350-foot steel through truss spans.


Photos

Click on the following thumbnails to see a few photos of the inauguration of the Astoria-Megler Bridge, August 27, 1966. For more galleries, please visit our Photo Albums page.


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