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The Vancouver Land Bridge is a 40-foot-wide pedestrian bridge that arches over State Route 14 and under a railroad embankment in Vancouver, Washington. The bridge and accessible trail system reconnect historic Fort Vancouver, the reconstructed fort of the Hudson Bay Company, with a park on the Columbia River waterfront where a wharf once stood. Fort Vancouver was built on the site 20 years after Lewis and Clark passed by, and for a time was one of the busiest ports on the West Coast. The Vancouver Land Bridge also serves as a link in the regional Discovery Trail System. It was designed as part of a collaborative effort known as the Confluence Project under the direction of artist and designer Maya Lin. Commemorating the history of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and the tremendous changes it brought to the region, the Confluence Project is comprised of seven art installations along the Columbia River Basin. The Confluence Project was initiated by a group of Pacific Northwest Native American tribes and civic groups from Washington and Oregon and budgeted at $27 million. The construction of the Vancouver Land Bridge segment was a joint effort of the Confluence Project, the City of Vancouver, the Washington State Department of Transportation and the National Park Service.
The NaturalPAVE XL Resin Pavement mixture selected for surfacing the Vancouver Land Bridge incorporates the same aggregate material as the NaturalPAVE XL Resin Pavement mixtures utilized for accessible trail paving inside and outside the adjacent Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. The National Park Service initiated the accessible trail-paving program in 2002 at Fort Vancouver. The use of the same NaturalPAVE XL Resin Pavement mixture for the Land Bridge project provides visual continuity and connection from the historical setting at the Fort to the park on the Columbia River shoreline and the historical location of the Fort Vancouver Wharf. The Land Bridge provides panoramic views of the Pacific Northwest landscape and over half the width of the semicircular, 40-foot-wide bridge is covered by planting beds that contain more than 100 native species. Landscape designers referred to the descriptions and drawings of plants in the journals of Lewis and Clark in making their plant selections.