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Interstate Bridge

Connects Portland and Vancouver via Interstate 5, Vancouver, WA 98660
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Ranked #27 of 34 attractions in Vancouver
Type: Bridges
Traveler Description: Simply the bridge that allows Interstate 5 to cross from Vancouver, WA into Portland, OR.   First opened to traffic in 1917, with a second span... more »
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Vancouver, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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The bridge is old, outdated and of course Oregon and Washington can not come to a decision on how to fund the construction of a new.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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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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331 reviews 331 reviews
119 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
23 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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110 reviews 110 reviews
19 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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182 reviews 182 reviews
99 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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Vancouver, Washington
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66 reviews 66 reviews
37 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

Living locally, I find that I try not to cross the bridge during high traffic times...ie, 6:30-9am and then from 3:30-6:30pm. I might also note that this span (aka I-5) is a swing bridge and will back up traffic at any time of the day...you never know! Your other option is I-205 which is a bypass and an easier way... More

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