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 TIMELINEMarch 16, 2020. Second Project Update. The project is on schedule, State Parks has applied for permits, and the design is progressing toward 60% as scheduled.November 6, 2019. First Project Update. The first milestone, hiring the engineering and design consultant, Exeltech Consulting has been completed. The goal is to get permits in-hand by summer 2020 and bid the project immediately thereafter. Casting of the 750+- concrete panels can then begin.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.