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Bidwell Bar Bridge

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Bidwell Bar Suspension Bridge

Bidwell Bar Suspension Bridge

Photo taken by Larry Matthews on June 17, 2013

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BH Photo #256807

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Facts 

Overview
Suspension bridge over Middle Fork Feather River on CA 162 in Oroville East
Location
Oroville East, Butte County, California
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1965
Design
Wire suspension
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 1,108.0 ft.
Total length: 1,793.1 ft.
Deck width: 27.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 29.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.54987, -121.42988   (decimal degrees)
39°32'60" N, 121°25'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/634904/4378976 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Oroville Dam
Inventory numbers
CA 12-188 (California bridge number)
BH 10812 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 08/2015)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 52.1 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2004)
1,500

Update Log 

  • November 8, 2017: New photo from Christopher Finigan
  • December 30, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Not structurally deficient"
  • August 21, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Painted green"
  • October 17, 2014: New photos from Patrick S. O'Donnell
  • June 19, 2013: New photos from Larry Matthews
  • August 4, 2011: New photo from Larry Matthews
  • November 15, 2010: New photos from Michael Goff
  • November 13, 2010: New photo from Craig Philpott
  • March 11, 2010: Updated by Craig Philpott: Added street view
  • June 20, 2009: Updated by Larry Matthews
  • March 3, 2008: Updated by Larry Matthews
  • February 16, 2008: New photo from Larry Matthews

Sources 

  • Larry Matthews
  • Craig Philpott - craigphilpott63 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Mike Goff - michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Wikipedia
  • Christopher Finigan
  • Patrick S. O'Donnell - 1 [dot] 991km [at] comcast [dot] net

Comments 

Bidwell Bar Bridge
Posted August 4, 2011, by Michael Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] odot [dot] state [dot] or [dot] us)

Larry,

That is an impressive photo of the bridge from the time before the lake was filled! Imagine how different that same shot would look today if the lake were drained.

Bidwell Bar Bridge
Posted November 16, 2010, by Michael Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] odot [dot] state [dot] or [dot] us)

Craig,

I use to go down into California quite often when I was still playing hockey. I injured myself and transfered to a hockey rinkless town, so I had to give it up. (I actually played my last game at the Snoopy Rink in Santa Rosa)

My grandmother lives in Red Bluff, so I do get down that way every once in a while. Her and my wife wanted to go to the casino in Oroville. Not being a gambler, I droped them off and spent some time at the Bidwell Bar Bridge.

Bidwell Bar Bridge
Posted November 15, 2010, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

Great pictures Michael, one of these weekends you and I may run into each other, good to see you down in California.