The spectacular Milwaukee Road trestle, or Beverly Bridge, spanning the Columbia River, links the western half of the Palouse to Cascades Trail to the eastern half. Completed in 1909 and 1/2 mile long, the trestle was registered on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. But unfortunately, due to safety concerns, the trestle is gated and closed, bisecting the PTCT into two sections. Trail users who want to cross the Columbia River and Washington State, are forced to arrange a shuttle or risk a dangerous crossing at the nearest bridge, the I-90 bridge at Vantage, which has neither a pedestrian walkway nor shoulder. Renovating the Beverly Bridge would allow nonmotorized access across the Columbia River where currently there is no safe non-motorized crossing for a distance of over 100 miles (between Wenatchee and TriCities).RECENT TIMELINEAugust 3, 2021. Tragedy on the Beverly Bridge project, when a construction worker suffers a fatal fall from the bridge. In light of this tragedy, as well as varying COVID Delta conditions, and fire and smoke warnings over the summer, the Beverly Bridge Grand Opening Event Committee has decided to postpone the Beverly Bridge ceremony that had been scheduled for September 13. Discussions are being held regarding scheduling a future date.August 2, 2021. Beverly Bridge Project Update #7. 99% of the panels have been placed (there will be 338 total). There are a few oddball sized panels that will complete the picture, then the concrete overlay will begin to cover the connection ports, seams, and floor beams; and provide the smooth sidewalk appearance. The railing will follow closely behind.April 28, 2021. Beverly Bridge Project Update #5. The State Parks project manager writes, "We are in full construction and all is going well. We have removed 99% of the burned section and have placed over 30 concrete panels.April 28, 2021. Placing concrete panels.The orange stripes give guidance to the drivers.April 28, 2019. The WA State legislature approves funding for the Beverly Bridge in the 2019-2021 Capital Budget as requested by the Governor, $5.1 million to go toward design and completion!February 2019. With the WA State legislature in session and funding for the Beverly Bridge on the table for consideration in the 2019-2021 budget, PTCT Coalition is working with other advocacy groups to support passage of the necessary funding. WA Trust for Historic Preservation has produced a video introduction to the Beverly Bridge.
September 2018. Engineers contracted by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation have started a condition assessment of the bridge to evaluate construction requirements and costs of renovation for nonmotorized use. Funds for this study came in part from Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF) as part of a restitution process allowing BNSF to remove historic trestles in the Columbia River Gorge.
May 20, 2017. The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation announced the recipients of their "2017 “Most Endangered Historic Structures”, and the Beverly Bridge, nominated by the Palouse to Cascades Trail Coalition, was one of six historic structures to receive this designation. (Click here to view Washington Trust for Historic Preservation's video on 2017 Most Endangered Structures)The designation of “Most Endangered” brings recognition to important historical structures and attracts funding and grants for preservation. This is an important step forward toward renovation of the bridge. We wish to offer special thanks to those who worked on the application for this designation, in particular, our rail historian, Board Member Mark Borleske, for contributing the excellent history of the bridge.