10 Million Pounds of Metal and Other Cool Blue Bridge Facts
Many of us drive over it every day, but how well do you really know this awesome structure that keeps you dry while crossing the river?
The Pioneer Memorial Bridge, referred to locally as the Blue Bridge, was dedicated by officials on July 30th 1954. It spans the Columbia River between Pasco and Kennewick and cost 7 million dollars to build. It contains nearly 10 million pounds of metal.
According to historylink.org, the old bridge was two lanes and handled about 10,000 cars a day. It needed to be upgraded badly. When completed, the new bridge was 66 ft wide, nearly three times wider than the old one, and could handle four lanes of traffic.
After some widening projects and adjustments, the blue bridge is now 80 ft wide and has a total length of 2503 ft. Some of you might remember when the bridge was painted green because it was the state color of Washington according to Wikipedia. The Blue Bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places!
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