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Interstate Bridge

Address: Connects Portland and Vancouver via Interstate 5, Vancouver, WA 98660
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Ranked #22 of 27 Attractions in Vancouver
Type: Bridges, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Bridges, Sights & Landmarks

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Southern California
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404 reviews 404 reviews
89 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This is an interesting old bridge but if you are trying to get from Oregon to Washington you wont be saying to yourself "what an interesting old bridge" instead you will be cursing the individuals that would put a draw bridge on an interstate. This cause unnecessary delays upon entering and leaving the Portland/Vancouver, Wa area. I really wish they... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

The bridge is old, outdated and of course Oregon and Washington can not come to a decision on how to fund the construction of a new. The feds offered to cover half the cost if Oregon and Washington would split the other half. Oregon jumped on the oppurtunity as Portland relies heavally on the commuters from Vancouver to support the... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Bridge built a long, long time ago. One breakdown on the bridge means lights out for commuters as the backup stretches for miles. This is a drawbridge - high lift - which gives small sailboats with big masts priority over motor traffic.Large "hump" in middle of bridge slows traffic which can't see what is happening on the other side. One... More 

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Vancouver, Washington, United States
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

The bridge is only two lanes, each way, one wreck and both the north and south lanes are bound up like a mummy. I would go out of my way to use the 205 bridge rather than ever use the interstate bridge

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Rainier, Oregon
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437 reviews 437 reviews
161 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

The primary function of a bridge is to 'bridge' something, whether it is a river, a gorge, a railway line ... whatever. The Interstate Bridge has been doing this successfully for my entire lifetime. Occasionally, in the ancient days, there were holdups because of trains, but no longer. Most tourists zoom on down the bypass, and take the new bridge... More 

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Clackamas, Oregon
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41 reviews 41 reviews
23 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Long in need of replacement, the old bridge still enables a lion's share of travel and commerce, affecting local, national, and international interests. As a traveler's place of interest, it's not much; it is intended as a means across a large river and as a connection between major hubs, not as a thing of art. Presently and perhaps finally, it... More 

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Bothell, Washington
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148 reviews 148 reviews
29 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Obviously this being the bridge that connects Vancouver to Portland, it's not really a tourist attraction. But it is a beautiful bridge and because this was our first time staying in Vancouver, we discovered a path that leads from Fort Vancouver and circles around, allowing us to walk under the Interstate Bridge. It was nice to see this bridge that... More 

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Puyallup, Washington
16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

We were visiting and found that there was a walking path along the river, it stops where the business's start or its stopped by the business's. It starts back up just on the other side of Joe's Crab Shack only to end after about 100 ft, by the I5 bridge then it disappears or becomes part of the road that... More 

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Battle Ground, Washington
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

The bridge works great for day-to-day travel, but can be a nightmare during a bridgelift or two, or three or four. Rush hour (3 - 5 PM) really stinks, too!

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Vancouver, Washington
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213 reviews 213 reviews
110 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

I crossed this bridge twice a day for at least 12 years. Most of the time at a really slow pace, but thank goodness it has a beautiful view of the Columbia River.

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