Snohomish River bridges



This chapter highlights two bridges, but they both cross the same river.

One of the structures highlighted here is the former Northern Pacific Railway bridge at the City of Snohomish. This bridge was once part of the Northern Pacific\'s secondary line that went all the way to the Canadian border at Sumas to an interchange with Canadian Pacific Railway, and the British Columbia Electric Railway (later BC Hydro, now Southern Railway of BC.) Originally the Seattle, Lake Shore and Eastern Railway, at one time this rail line was critically important to Seattle business interests. And the Snohomish River was once critically important to local business interests so this bridge was a swing span, though no longer functional.

The second structure is near Everett and is a former Great Northern Railway structure on their secondary line to New Westminster and Vancouver, British Columbia. Today it remains in service as part of the BNSF Railway and is a functional swing span located in the Snohomish estuary.