Denny Creek: The Toughest Bridge Washington State Ever Built

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1982, Vol. 52, Issue 6, Pg. 63-65

Document Type: Feature article


The story of how highway planners and engineers in Washington State's Department of Transportation were stopped from building a highway and viaduct through a pristine wilderness is presented. An alternative plan which opponents would deem environmentally compatible was necessary. The basic issue: environmentalists didn't want a highway built through a pristine, wilderness area. The problem was resolved by redesigning the highway, making it a beautiful, elevated roadway and constructing it with minimal disruption to the forest. This project was a nominee for the Outstanding Engineering Achievement of the year.

Subject Headings: Highways and roads | Rivers and streams | Bridges | Highway engineering | Viaducts | Forests | Washington | United States

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