Click to enlarge this series of aerial photos of the Willamette River and the original Interstate 5 Willamette River Bridge.
About a year ago, I was thrilled when I came across a collection of aerial photos of the Willamette River and the original Interstate 5 Willamette River Bridge taken from 1936 to 1978.
CAWOOD has worked with the Oregon Department of Transportation on the I-5 Willamette River Bridge replacement project since 2009, and I discovered these photos in a file of project resources.
Now, with construction of the bridge completed, we’re wrapping up our role on the public involvement team, and I stumbled upon these photos again. This time I had to share them.
It’s cool to see the transformation over the years, especially after witnessing the most recent transformation up close and personal.
In helping ODOT keep the public informed on the project, I learned so much about the history and ecology of the area. I also quadrupled my construction vocabulary and got to know some amazing people who made this complex project happen.
That’s one of the beautiful things of working in marketing, advertising and public relations: We get to dive deep into various industries.
This one was a blast for the construction geek in me. It’s a project I won’t forget, and I’m grateful to have been a part of it.
Thanks to ODOT Photo/Video for the images.