The Beverly Bridge, the trestle that crosses the Columbia River, bisects the Palouse to Cascades trail into east and west, and is currently closed for safety concerns. This represents a significant trail gap. Washington Depart. of Natural Resources (DNR) owns this bridge. We would like to hear from trail supporters regarding their thoughts on renovating this bridge and DNR's responsibility for maintaining the section of the trail still owned by DNR (known by DNR as the "Milwaukee Corridor" - between Beverly and Lind).
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The Beverly bridge deck repair was offered to the public by the Grant County PUD in 2006. This was one of the several recreational projects that was part of the FERC relicensing process for Priest Rapids Dam. The Grant County PUD completed many of the proposed projects but this project is still waiting for funds. A temporary alternative would be to open the Wanapum Dam for non-motorized crossing, as it was prior to 9-11-2001.
Bridge access for cyclists, equestrians and hikers is key to recreational use of the longest, cross state trail in the country.