The Abandoned Willapa River Bridge
What was the weight capacity of this bridge, and when and how was it manned by a bridge tender?
If you look at the satellite photos you can see that the right-of-way that ran over the bridge is part of "Willapa Hills Trail". No doubt a rails to trails type situation. It connects Raymond with Chehalis.
At the point of the satellite image, the Willapa Hills Trail diverts from the old roadbed as there's no method of crossing the South Fork at that point. It runs 'on' [sidewalk and bridge] and beside US 101 from the junction of WA 6 and US 101 over to the 'bend' where it again resumes the roadbed into South Bend, the actual terminus of the trail.
If the positioning motor worked in 2013 I would assume it might be able to be restored and run back to its crossing position? I heard that it was left open for a boat user that is no longer present in that slip. If this is true might we be able to close the span and complete the Trail with a unique and one of a kind historical bridge once again? One can dream I suppose.