The Richard Odabashian Bridge, known to most as the Odabashian Bridge or even the North Bridge, crosses the Columbia River on the north end of Wenatchee and East Wenatchee. It carries US Highway 2 across the river and is part of a major east-west route across the state.
The Odabashian Bridge was built in the early 1970s and opened in 1975. At the time it was opened, only two of the four lanes were used by traffic. It would be a few years before the approaches were widened and all four lanes were put into use.
Prior to the Odabashian Bridge being built, east-west traffic had to cross the Columbia River on the George Sellar Brige on the south end of town. For those traveling across it, the bridge shortens the former trip by approximately seven miles. With the increased traffic in recent decades, today, it is one of the more traveled bridges in the entire region.
1991 saw the bridge named in honor of Richard Odabashian, a local supporter of all things North Central Washington, including expanded transportation. Odabashian had also served on the State Transportation Commission for over 10 years.
In 2001, the pedestrian part of the bridge was added to the structuring through a design process called cantilevering. Because of the height of the bridge in comparison to the lower shoreline around it, whether you are approaching it from the east or west side there is a somewhat steep, but thankfully short, climb up to the bridge. Other recent changes to the Apple Capital Loop Trail near the Odabashian Bridge include the underpass and extension to the 37th Street Trailhead on the east side and the extension over the railroad tracks and down to Euclid Avenue on the west side of the river.
Great views down the Columbia River towards Wenatchee and East Wenatchee can be had from the railing of the Odabashian Bridge. For a huge concrete structure, it is a surprisingly scenic part of the Apple Capital Loop Trail.