Ed Hendler Bridge

Ed Hendler Bridge, originally uploaded by dmzajac2004-.

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On the way the Glacier National Park I spent the night in Pasco, WA. I was told about this bridge last year and wanted to shoot it then while on my way to Glacier, but arrived late and tired. This year I arrived earlier so wasn’t too tired to scout out a location for a night shot of the bridge.

This is looking south toward the Blue Bridge, and Kennewick, WA. This bridge looks gold at night, but it is white. Last year the people at the hotel called it the White Bridge when I mentioned wanting to photograph it. Keeping it simple I thought since it’s so close to the Pioneer Memorial Bridge which is blue and called the “Blue Bridge”.

For the historians:
“The Cable Bridge, officially called the Ed Hendler Bridge and sometimes called the Intercity Bridge, spans the Columbia River between Pasco and Kennewick in southeastern Washington as State Route 397. It was constructed in 1978 and replaced the Pasco-Kennewick Bridge, an earlier span built in 1922 and demolished in 1990.

At the time, the bridge was thought to be the first in the United States to use a ‘cable-stayed’ design and is constructed almost entirely of pre-stressed concrete (knowledge of the Captain William Moore Bridge, an asymmetric cable-stayed bridge near Skagway, Alaska, which was completed three years earlier, was not widespread outside Alaska. The bridge towers were constructed first, with the bridge deck, which was cast in individual segments, raised up and secured to each other.

The bridge was named after Ed Hendler, a Pasco, Washington insurance salesman, as well as the city’s former mayor, who headed up the committee responsible for obtaining the funding for construction of the bridge. Hendler died in August 2001.

A controversial feature of the bridge was added in 1998, when lights were added to illuminate the bridge at night. Many thought this was unnecessary and a waste of both electricity and money. During a power crisis in 2000, the lights were turned off, but they were turned on for one night to honor Hendler’s passing. Now the lights are turned on at night, and turned off at 2am.”~ Wiki-pedia

Nikon D90| Nikkor 17-35@ 17mm| f13| 13 seconds| ISO 200| Manual Mode| Tripod| Cable Release

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