Creativity and collaboration transform a historic downtown gateway

Built in 1927, the historic Woodin Avenue Bridge with its iconic lamp posts, stretches 450-feet over pristine Lake Chelan and serves as a grand entrance to the City of Chelan’s downtown.

During the summer tourist season, the bridge bustles with people, baby strollers, cars, trucks, trailers, and RVs. Until 2019, this was all happening within the confines of two 10-foot vehicle lanes and narrow four-foot sidewalks on each side. There was no disagreement that the town had outgrown the narrow concrete bridge, but the City grappled with how to address safety concerns related to its heavy use and geographic restrictions.