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New spillway bridge at Columbia Springs aims to keep visitors connected to nature

'Upcycled' span created from railroad car

By Scott Hewitt, Columbian staff writer
Published: October 16, 2023, 6:01pm
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A crane and crews from NessCampbell Crane + Rigging and Tapani Inc. lower a metal bridge into position across a new spillway below a new dam at Columbia Springs, the environmental education campus and trout hatchery in east Vancouver.
A crane and crews from NessCampbell Crane + Rigging and Tapani Inc. lower a metal bridge into position across a new spillway below a new dam at Columbia Springs, the environmental education campus and trout hatchery in east Vancouver. (Tommy Rhodes for The Columbian) Photo Gallery

A few miles upstream from the old bridge everybody talks about, an “upcycled” metal bridge went in last week with a minimum of fuss.

The new bridge spans a slightly smaller body of water than the Columbia River — just a small dam spillway at Columbia Springs, the environmental education campus and trout hatchery in east Vancouver — but its reach will be greater than it appears, Columbia Springs Executive Director Katherine Cory said.

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