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Address: Connects Portland and Vancouver via Interstate 5, Vancouver, WA 98660
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A nice view and a nice walk between two states

I remember when this was a toll bridge way back when Janzen beach was an amusement park with a rollercoaster near the bridge. It was a far better and much more interesting bridge... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 October 2016
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Portland, Oregon
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

One of two bridges connecting Vancouver and Portland. Almost always backed up in one direction or the other. Lovely architecture but really, get the light rail across the river!!!

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Thank Joan C
Clatskanie, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Interstate Bridge is the major freeway over the Columbia River. This a route that at rush hour traffic I avoid at all costs as the traffic is bumper to bumper and moves at a snail rate. I think so many other streets merge into the freeway just prior the bridge makes it very congested.

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Thank turtlegirl178
Vancouver, Washington
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I typically cross this bridge during my commute into Oregon in the morning and back home at night. It's ALWAYS backing up traffic in both directions. These two bridges are old, like 100 and 80 years old. They've been maintained, but it feels like a gamble every time I cross one. Your best bet, if it's not too far out... More 

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1 Thank PhillipC16
Vancouver, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Everyone is right when they tell you to avoid the bridge during rush hour traffic, both morning and evening. But also be aware that it boasts the only stop light between the Mexican border and Canadian border. This happens when the bridge opens for marine traffic on the Columbia River. We have watched paddle wheelers, large barges and tall sail... More 

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1 Thank VancouverAndersons
Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

I remember when this was a toll bridge way back when Janzen beach was an amusement park with a rollercoaster near the bridge. It was a far better and much more interesting bridge to see then. But it is a nice bridge to walk across for the view of the Columbia River. In fact, you can walk across it from... More 

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Thank RSNN
Vancouver, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

I travel this bridge many times a month and, yes, it gets us across the river in both directions. If you are on vacation, AVOID, the bridge and I-5 form 3:00p to 6:00p if you can when heading north. The traffic can be brutal. Archetectually it is a bridge. It has a drawbridge section that at times needs to open... More 

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Thank 205r0bertp
Vancouver, Washington
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

This bridge can be scary - it's old and outdated for an Interstate bridge and a constant traffic-jam magnet. Should have been replaced a decade ago!

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Thank oldranger81
Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

I started driving across this bridge over the Columbia River when it was a 2 lane bridge. When I5 was created, a second identical (in appearance) bridge was built next to the oldest one (up river side). For that we got a wonderful toll plaza on the Oregon side to pay for it (25 cents per crossing). A toll plaza... More 

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Thank MrRodgers2011
Vancouver, Washington
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

I'll bet you didn't know there was a drawbridge on I-5. Actually two. Here they are. On this, the major west coast interstate, where traffic requires five lanes in each direction, these are just three, and barely that. This creates a semi-permanent traffic jam in both directions, and incredibly scary driving conditions once you get on the bridge, where the... More 

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Thank David P
Vancouver, Washington
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

A troubled bridge over water. The Most troubled interstate bridge I know. As you go South you do not have a clear view of what lies ahead. Drives barreling forward frequently find themselves in a Panic! Stop! situation. As you go North the right lane is usually backed up with drivers intending to exit onto WA-14 going East, and the... More 

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