This week, we take you on a relaxing drive and enjoy the beautiful views crossing the four mile Astoria-Megler Bridge across the Columbia River.
The Astoria-Megler bridge was opened in 1966 and at 21,474 feet (4 miles), is the longest truss bridge in America. It is only one of two bridges that cross the Columbia River west of Portland, Oregon. The $24 million cost was paid for by tolls, of which were removed in 1993 when the costs had been paid. The drive itself costs nothing and has easy access from the Astoria waterfront. It is easier to turn left on the Washington side as there are several easy turn around spots.
Our Tips for Visiting
- If you are interested in visiting a military fort, Fort Columbia is right down the road on the Washington side of the bridge. One of the three defensive forts of the Columbia River, it is a great place to stop off and see the gun pits and one of the guns installed during WWII. You can learn more about the Columbia Forts in our history video.
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