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Posted March 25, 2017, by Christopher Finigan

It's likely the bridge was destroyed by the Christmas Flood of 1964.

Posted March 24, 2017, by James Reyome (justreyome [at] gmail [dot] com)

I used this bridge for climbing practice in the mid 80s. It was perfect; the angled structures on the side made perfect stepping-off places. As I recall it was about a 90 foot free rappel. Then I would clip Jumars onto the rope and climb back up. I spent many a happy afternoon here!

Posted March 18, 2017, by Christopher Finigan

The tree tunnel and surrounding forest are actually that of the Coast Redwood (Sequoia Sempervirens), which are the tallest trees on Earth.

Posted March 18, 2017, by Douglas Butler

This railroad bascule bridge is similar to the B&O South Chicago rail bridge Baltimore warren truss was also struck few times then was removed in 1955. Much in common however the whole bridge was completely removed before the B&O Calumet River rail drawbridge only has the span torn from its supports in 1988 leaving but a counterweight bridge tower

Posted March 18, 2017, by Glen Mallory (mailglenmallory [at] gmail [dot] com )

I, too, grew up in Paradise. I loved the swimming hole at the Nelson Bar Bridge. However, the bridge was not used "until the day the lake took it." The steel girder bridge was dismantled and removed before the lake filled. When the lake is high enough, the waterway is navagable beyond the former location of the bridge. It would have become a major navigation hazzard.

During dry years, I have walked down to the bridge site of with boys. The deep swimming hole is completely silted in. The big rocks are only 10' high above the silt.

Posted March 15, 2017, by Rod Todd (tdranch [at] charter [dot] net)

Oops again. I see what you did there: your Alderpoint Bridge IS the Cain Rock Bridge.

Posted March 15, 2017, by Rod Todd (tdranch [at] charter [dot] net)

Oops, Cain Rock Bridge is SOUTH of Alderpoint, CA. Upstream, yes.

Posted March 15, 2017, by Rod Todd (tdranch [at] charter [dot] net)

I believe info and photo here is for the downstream Eel River Bridge,not Cain Rock Bridge. Neat website! No Cain Rock Bridge info? You can see it on Google Earth by searching for Alderpoint, CA then panning a few miles north, upriver. Td

Posted March 13, 2017, by Charles Morgan (sauchai [at] aol [dot] com)

Thanks for this great link. I too grew up in Paradise (3rd grade to 8th grade; 1957-1963) and spent many a weekend summer day jumping from the bridge, swinging from the rope, and swimming with the fish. Sorry I don't have a picture either of the steel bridge. Glorious childhood memories. Included here is a Google satellite picture taken April 14, 2015 at low water. One can see where the road used to run under the present water line to the bridge. Cheers, Charles Morgan

Posted March 11, 2017, by Brian Launer (rvalidation [at] gmail [dot] com)

Why is the height of this bridge not listed anywhere? The bridge itself is not marked and the website doesn't mention it.

Posted February 16, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley492yahoo [dot] com)

Isn't this the same Oroville Ca that had the dam breach just last week?

Posted February 15, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well, I am not familiar with this area, so I could only speculate. Any California contributors on here?

Posted February 15, 2017, by Morgane (morganeroth [at] gmail [dot] com)

I'm doing some genealogical research and found a reference to "the new bridge, a little out of town, on the Washington road". From the Nevada Journal, 5 Dec 1856, published out of Nevada City, CA.

Would the Bidwell Bridge be the bridge referenced?

Posted February 8, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

That is good news. I have been wondering about those Northern California bridges given the flooding there.

Posted February 8, 2017, by Eric (bridgehunter [at] impeccablelogic [dot] com)

Yes the bridge is fine. The flood of 97 was bigger and being on the bridge in 97 was much more impressive than in January.

Posted January 15, 2017, by Anonymous

Good Movie Railing...............

Posted January 13, 2017, by Kris (Krishvn [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Twice since this bridg was considered done it has broken down one time on a Saturday coming home from grocery shopping I was stuck in my car unable to go home car full of food. Again last night after working all day driveing an hour to get home only to arrive at bridge not working only thinking a boat is passing under then after 30 minutes of I idelling in my car to see people walking up to bridge and back saying it is stuck no way to know how long so I have to turn around drive an hour pay another toll over Benicia bridge and come in via Fairfield ....took me 3 hours to get home usually takes me 45 minutes

Maybe the money used to repair should have used toward a new bridge...

There needs to be a system in place to tell the miles of cars lined up to go home what is happening maybe a number to call before we get to bridge to see if it is working....

Regretting buying my home out in the delta area now

Posted January 10, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

So sad. Have had plenty of friends over the years with their pictures taken inside this old beauty, shame to see it go down this week.

Posted January 10, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

That is an incredible image. Hopefully the Californians on here can keep us posted when it is safe. There are some great bridges out there which I would like to visit. Thus far, I have only been to California on business, so no time for Bridgehunting...

Posted January 9, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This bridge seems to be more popular than other two more fragile and historically significant bridges you mentioned. I found the attached photo on Twitter, plus this link should display a video of the flooding. https://twitter.com/InnTownCamp/status/818538375166640129

Posted January 9, 2017, by Erik Hoffman

Does anyone know if this bridge made it through the January 2017 flood?

Posted January 9, 2017, by Erik Hoffman

Does anyone know if this bridge made it through the January 2017 flood?

Posted January 9, 2017, by Erik Hoffman

Does anyone know if this bridge made it through the January 2017 flood?

Posted January 9, 2017, by Brandon Cooper

It is sad to see them go, but they were old and they were falling apart also. One of these tunnels had some rubble come off and it closed the line for 24 hours. Now with the three tracks, the freight can move all the time just about.

Posted December 12, 2016, by Daniel

I'd be very surprised if this was last rehabbed in 1944, I'd have guessed maybe a decade before the photos were taken.

Posted December 3, 2016, by Rex Lesly (aarrex [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge was also used in the movie "The Stuntman". With Peter O'Toole, I believe.

Posted November 19, 2016, by Brian J. Patterson (pattersonbj [at] earthlink [dot] net)

Unlike some of the commenters on this bridge, I LIKE the new section's design. As for the problems Caltrans is having, rest assured they could have had the same, or WORSE problems performing a retrofit to the fracture-critical truss the new section replaced.

Two key facts to remember--quality control MATTERS, and if you want something precision made out of top quality materials, DON'T BUY FROM RED CHINA! “The bitterness of poor quality is remembered long after the sweetness of low price has faded from memory.”

Thanks and kudos to the San Francisco Chronicle for reporting on this issue BEFORE a major earthquake drops the bridge into San Francisco bay. With the "light of truth" shining mercilessly upon them, Caltrans may yet "fix" the bridge to conform to its design, and perform as designed.

Posted October 31, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Talk about your "Road less traveled"!

Posted October 31, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Nice find!

Posted October 30, 2016, by Craig Philpott (craigphilpott63 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Posted October 28, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Good luck in your effort to save it. If you are able to get photos of the arch, we would be glad to have them on here.

The State Historical Society / State Historic Preservation Officer can provide guidelines. If the bridge is on the National Register of Historic Places, or even NRHP eligible, then replacement will trigger Section 103.

Saving a bridge can be an uphill battle, but it is certainly worth it.

Ross (California)
Posted October 28, 2016, by Tiffini Banks (tiffinibanks [at] comcast [dot] net)

This bridge was built in 1909, not 1925. It was also NOT replaced in 2011. However, the town of Ross is proposing to tear this bridge down and replace it with a modern bridge in 2017-2019, with funding provided by CalTrans. Efforts are being made by the community to stop this from happening, due to the historical engineering of the bridge and it's charm. If you have any information about the history of this bridge, please contact tiffinibanks@comcast.net

Platform Bridge (California)
Posted October 22, 2016, by Tokerloma (Jahfly [at] hotmail [dot] com)

1927 built

Posted October 17, 2016, by Andrew Laverdiere (laverdiereaf [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This and all other bridges on the Burbank Western Channel were constructed by the Army Corp. of Engineers.

Posted October 10, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Andrew,

Thanks for sharing the shot of the design drawings. Do you work for the bridge owner (county?) or are the drawings on file in some public archive... I am curious if you might have been able to learn more about the other bridges too. For example, I see on the shot you sent that the design was by noted firm of Sverdrup and Parcel. Do you know if they played a design role on any other bridges built as part of this Corps of Engineers undertaking?

Posted October 9, 2016, by Michael McCarty (ruggermike [at] charter [dot] net)

An article from the Sacramento Union, Number 20, 20 May 1914

Posted October 9, 2016, by Andrew Laverdiere (laverdiereaf [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This and every other bridge on Ballona Creek during the 1930's and 40's were constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers and Los Angeles County Flood Control District.

Posted September 25, 2016, by Joel Windmiller (joelwindmiller [at] att [dot] net)

1951 Orangevale bridge is closed to replace eastern abutment large crack plus deck spandrel supports deck and railing to original condition.

Posted September 25, 2016, by Echo Annderson (Echo Anderson [at] Outlook [dot] com)

Nice little bridge. I do not live in calafornia and have no idea why the road is gated. Obviously if the gates have been there sense the bypass was built, and they've probably been there for like 37 years (I didn't do no math), they probably are permanent. if they built a fence they probably are permanent. they look very permanent.

Posted September 23, 2016, by Victor A Fisher (victorarthurfisher [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I have been able to locate very pictures of this bridge, given it's location along the line. Here's a link to one photo of the center column (for the swing pivot).

https://archive.org/details/cscrm_000069

Per State of California details, the remaining piers/pilings of this bridge were removed between 1984 and 1988.

http://www.calwater.ca.gov/Admin_Record/C-102609.pdf

Posted September 23, 2016, by Victor A. Fisher (victorarthurfisher [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I grew up in the Delta and remember that bridge distinctly. It remained in place for quite some time after the listed "removal" date of 1971. The line was abandoned in the late 1970's, after a flood in Isleton. I visited that bridge once with my Dad before it was removed in the early 1980's. The bridge was removed post abandonment, probably sometime in the 1980-1983 time frame. Art

Posted September 20, 2016, by Christopher Finigan

It's wonderful to have such historic structures here in my native hometown. I'm very glad that Sacramento has been able to find in their heart to preserve great bridges such as this one.

Blythe Bridge (California)
Posted September 19, 2016, by Tyler McMillin (tyler-0030 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

There is a photo in a Palo Verde Valley Times 1961 newspaper featuring the dismantling of the bridge. The main reason was to make room for the widening of the bridge (or a span as it says) in the future. Also in the caption, the local Chamber of Commerce asked the highway department to save the bridge for "foot or equine travel", but that got denied unfortunately.

Posted September 10, 2016, by Libby Haraughty (libbyanneh2 [at] aol [dot] com)

As teenagers, my husband and I used to picnic at the original site of Bidwell Bar Bridge. A ranger (?) was on duty to prevent people from diving off the bridge, but he would always wait until Ed made a swan dive from the bridge before shooing the kids off the bridge! We visit it now at its "home" in Lake Oroville - no diving!

Posted September 7, 2016, by Tony Powers (tpowers [at] dokkenengineering [dot] com)

Currently undergoing major rehabilitation. Work includes replacement of deck, spandrel columns and one abutment in kind. Original arches to remain.

Posted August 30, 2016, by Tony Dickson (tonydickson61 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I remember when this bridge replaced a single lane through truss bridge over the river. I was sad to see the old one go.

Posted August 20, 2016, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Can I get a sixth star to give this bridge?

Posted July 28, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I'm feeling generous tonight...

Kudos Todd Baslee

Posted July 28, 2016, by Wendy Rea (protectgreenspot [at] gmail [dot] com)

SBCDPW announced their plans to demolish this bridge within the last 30 days, despite previous assurances it would be preserved as a pedestrian bridge in the Santa Ana River Trail. No CEQA or NEPA analysis has been done on its historical significance. Ridiculous loss of history for no good reason.

Posted July 16, 2016, by Eric Fleck (efleck999 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Part of this bridge was destroyed by flooding in 1997, and replaced that same year. It's scheduled to be replaced in summer 2017.

http://www.countyofplumas.com/index.aspx?NID=2023

Posted July 15, 2016, by Daniel Laraway (Laraway [at] rocketmail [dot] com)

My grandad, Hazen Laraway, grew up in Winslow, CA which is no longer on the map. Here is a photo of him with his older brother Lester and dad George at the Stony Creek Bridge. He was born in 1901 in Winslow with the assistance of a native midwife from the area. They used to run a general store and would trade with Native Americans there- salmon, caught from the river, for canned goods. It was a two family town, the general store, run by my family and a saloon, run by the other family. My grandad wrote a book about it that we have. He treasured those years, playing with his brother and few friends with nothing but a pocket knife.

Daniel Laraway

Posted July 7, 2016, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

river view from google street view.

Posted July 5, 2016, by Andy Peters (anpete1971 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Posted July 1, 2016, by Michał (michal [dot] osowski [at] outlook [dot] com)

I'd like to thank Craig for sharing full information about the bridge. It helps a lot when you get the complete basics even about most remote bridges. No bridge shall go undescribed. Thanks Craig, well done, we appreciate it a lot!

Posted June 28, 2016, by Martin Batistelli (batistellim [at] metro [dot] net)

This bridge currently crosses over the Metro Gold Line. It once crossed both the ATSF and the LA&SL (Los Angeles and Salt Lake RR), a predecessor to Union Pacific. The LA&SL/UP abandoned their ROW and ATSF sold their ROW to Metro. Metro Rail is a different entity from Metrolink. Metrolink never crossed under this bridge or had any involvement.

Posted June 20, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

David Steinman was known for taking what had been done before and improving upon it, so it is unsuprising that his method was faster and worked better. That said, I am unsure of the dimensions of this bridge's suspended span, but the Quebec Bridge's 640 foot long x 88 feet wide (c.c. trusses) suspended span was probably larger/heavier, and lifting of that span would be an impressive feet even by today's engineering standards. An unusual system of steel links was used to lift the Quebec Bridge too, which I suspect engineers like David Steinman would have tried to find alternatives too.

Posted June 18, 2016, by Joel Bader (joenonac [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The 1960 edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica had two photos of the original Carquinez Straits Bridge (?) under construction. One showed the falsework used to support the end spans on one side of the strait; the other showed one of the central spans being raised into place using ropes and counterweights. If I'm not mistaken, David Steinman, one of the articles about bridges for the encyclopedia, noted that the span-raising took less than an hour. (By comparison, the raising of the central span of the Quebec Bridge in Canada took four days and was marred by an accident which took 13 construction workers.)

Posted June 11, 2016, by Anonymous

It's amazing that the truss and stringers are intact! I imagined that the truss would have collapsed due to the heat of that fire. They're perfectly intact!

Posted June 11, 2016, by Christopher Finigan

Since California does not have many examples of Queenpost truss bridges, this beauty should be relocated, restored, and preserved on a trail.

Dos Rios Bridge (California)
Posted June 11, 2016, by Christopher Finigan

The historic bridge looks more like a Pennsylvania truss

Posted June 10, 2016, by Michael McCarty (ruggermike [at] charter [dot] net)

An old postcard depicting the Brewery Creek ( Formerly know as "Red Bluff Creek" ) Bridge looking Northward up Duncan Hill, on the California State Highway.

The proper 66ft bridge was finished and opened for traffic on 11th March, 1921, ( it is easy to think the bridge was built in 1920 because of the plaques that says "1920"; it was in a council meeting on 7th Dec, 1920 that it was voted to have these plaques made ) with only the fills to be completed.

The bridge was built/contracted by Hart Construction Co. out of Gerber,CA for the amount of 13,636.00; the bridge was built in 3 months with both the city and county paying for it.

This 1921 concrete reinforced Brewery creek bridge replaced the 1903 built wooden bridge with brick abutments.

This was the alignment to Red Bluff until the current road was made around 1938 or so. If you look over the railing on the side of the bridge that has the sidewalk you will see a boxed culvert dated 1937.

Posted May 30, 2016, by Michael McCarty (ruggermike [at] charter [dot] net)

Now replaced and opened Feb, 2016.......here is a photo of construction of the new bridge, WITH some of the original Portland concrete cement road of the original California State Highway leading to the bridge ( heading South ) that was unearthed. Photo was given to me by Kevin Rosser of the Tehama County Public Works Dept.

McCann Ferry (California)
Posted May 5, 2016, by Greg McCann (sagebrushgardener [at] gmail [dot] com)

I know this is an old thread, but just in case anyone finds it, I thought this might be interesting. This is a picture of my grandfather, John McCann (no relation to the founder of McCann, CA, as far as I know) at the McCann railroad depot, not far from the ferry. I think the picture was taken sometime in the early 60s. I believe most of what used to be here was wiped out in the 1964 flood.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_flood_of_1964

Posted April 28, 2016, by Harry Moore (kankankee [at] gmail [dot] com)

View upstream from the bridge

Posted April 28, 2016, by Harry Moore (kankankee [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have fished here many times.

Posted April 23, 2016, by Bethany (oddityodysseysgmail [dot] com )

Thank you so much for this article and all your other works on the bridges across the country. There is nothing quite as beautiful as a bridge. Here's a look at our day spent on the bridge known to some locals as the "Shakespeare" Bridge on Monon Street. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvFvAD223yY

Posted April 20, 2016, by L Goltermann (ljri7225 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hi. Just wanted to mention that this bridge did not cross the west fork of the San Gabriel River. It was at the northernmost point of P.E.'s Mt. Lowe Railway crossing a seasonal stream that runs down Grand Canyon and eventually Millard Canyon down to the Arroyo Seco. You could change the coordinates to 34 13'34 N 118 06'38 W to be more accurate of it's location. Cheers.

Posted April 4, 2016, by Babs Jackson (jacksonbabs [at] aol [dot] com)

Where does the West Lilac Road bridge lead to? Start from?

Posted March 29, 2016, by Robin (rbennett [at] buttecounty [dot] net)

Thanks for the picture of the original Nelson's Bar Bridge. However, it is not the same bridge that is now underwater at the confluence of the West Branch of the Feather River and Lake Oroville. The rebuilt bridge that went underwater was a steel truss designed bridge similar to the Gianella Bridge near Chico, CA. though much smaller. I remember people used to dive off the bridge and swing on ropes under it right up to when the Lake finally took it. There was a large swimming hole with a sandy beach and cliffs to dive from into the 15-20 foot deep pool. Sorry, I don't have a picture of it. It showed once when the Lake was down from drought one year and people had to be careful not to run their boats onto the top of it.

Posted February 17, 2016, by El Tor (mmmelroy [at] icloud [dot] com)

weird to see something from indian valley out in the internets... that place is a world apart from anything even remotely internet related

Posted January 30, 2016, by Erik Hoffman (edh4801 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well, It's gone now.

Posted January 28, 2016, by Dave King (DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com)
Posted January 28, 2016, by Dave King (DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com)

According to this: http://www.bridgeofweek.com/2013/04/amador-county-california... this bridge was moved. Here's the page to the bridge they believe it is:

http://bridgehunter.com/ca/amador/bh69935/

Posted January 27, 2016, by Robin Solari (robin [dot] solari [at] dot [dot] ca [dot] gov)

Mike Goff- Is this photo copyrighted? I would like permission to use it in a document. The email contact they have for you at Hotmail didn't work. Thanks! Robin

Posted January 26, 2016, by Erik Hoffman (edh4801 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks for the update, Brendan.

Posted January 25, 2016, by Brendan Raymundo (BRaymundo [at] gmail [dot] com)

Confirmed bridge is destroyed. Medium clearance with 4wd can make it through ravine, water flow dependant. Not sure I'd do it in a non-emergency situation, though.

M Street Bridge (California)
Posted January 24, 2016, by Donald Schmitt (dschmitt911 [at] aol [dot] com)

The description is incorrect for the M Street Bridge. It is for the Tower Bridge which replaced it

Posted January 14, 2016, by Andy Peters (anpete1971 [at] gmail [dot] com)

County to let out bids for a replacement bridge and plans to demolish this one.

http://www.redlandsdailyfacts.com/social-affairs/20160113/co...

Posted January 12, 2016, by TRC (covbridges [at] msn [dot] com)

The image posted is actually the second crossing of the Truckee River (which was much closer to the state line), specifically (39° 26.534'N, 120° 0.657'W). The bridge at the crossing indicated by the map on this webpage was the first crossing and it was a long (18-panel) single span Howe Through Truss.

Posted January 1, 2016, by Michael McCarty (r)

The name of the creek is "Brewery Creek". To be precise about old highway 99, it was named "Pacific Highway 99", then US99, until it was bypassed by the current location.

Posted December 29, 2015, by John Cockle (Cocklejl [at] pbworld [dot] com)

Photos taken 12/29/2015. Old State Route 108. Nice bridge.

Posted December 28, 2015, by Frank Cunningham (fcunningham [at] co [dot] slo [dot] ca [dot] us)

This Bridge has been replaced with new one....update

Posted December 25, 2015, by Jim Terry (clearmerc [at] gmail [dot] com)

I was through here on Friday December 18, 2015 and the bridge is gone! Looked like it was fairly recently taken down. Sad to see.

Posted December 8, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Chalk up Grand Theft Auto 5 as yet another production where this bridge makes an appearance. Given this is a video game and the bridge is rendered rather than filmed, its worth noting that its a rather accurate rendition of the bridge.

Posted December 7, 2015, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The confusion about type probably comes from the fact that modern pedestrian bridge companies typically call anything with a curved top chord a "bowstring."

Posted December 6, 2015, by Jeffrey D. Routson, PE, SE (jroutson [at] hardesty-hanover [dot] com)

This bridge was not designed/built by the Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge Company. It was designed and built by the American Bridge Company, 1985-87. I was the project manager/lead engineer.

Posted December 6, 2015, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

A newly posted bridge in Lake County CA. Pretty cool find.

Posted December 5, 2015, by Matt Lohry

I agree with Royce, the design description was taken right from the magazine article, which was obviously written by someone without a knowledge of truss types. This is a 3-span continuous Warren truss; the outer spans have horizontal upper chords and the center span has a curved one. This is certainly not a bowstring truss, mainly because the curved upper chord does not connect to the lower chord at the piers. Also, the Warren configuration does not fit with the bowstring definition. In my opinion, it's much nicer looking than your typical MOB, as it's made of laminated wood rather than weathered steel. This community already is joined at the west end by a preserved historic truss bridge.

Posted December 5, 2015, by Royce and Bobette Haley (roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Is it me? This doesn't look like a bowstring truss to me.

Royce

Posted December 3, 2015, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Article in today's New York Times about the impending demolition of the 6th Street Bridge in Los Angeles. It isn't going quietly.

A small consolation is that they appear to have abandoned earlier plans for a cable-stayed design, and are instead planning a new arched structure that at least salutes its predecessor. Picture of new bridge model in article.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/03/us/los-angeles-gentrificat...

Posted November 22, 2015, by Eldon G. Whitehead (egwhitehead [at] suddenlink [dot] net)

Gentlemen:

Some of us has a question for you about the old Eel River Hwy. 101 Viaduct in Mendocino County, CA. Could you tell us when the new section of Highway was opened and when they closed down the sidehill portion? We would appreciate it very much and would answer some questions from us old timers who drove over this section all of the time.

Thanks for your time in this matter.

Eldon G. Whitehead,

fortuna, CA.

Posted November 21, 2015, by Anonymous

The old, paved rd, OR Mtn Rd, Hwy 324, over the mtn is still in decent shape, about 6 miles long. S of the tunnel, it's on the W side of 199. N, on the East side. I put my flashers on, & for the down hill half, geared down my Corolla. No problems, i.e., w/ ground clearance.

At the rest area, there's a gated, abandoned rd that can be walked/biked, to the 324. Caltrans' rules include, no such hikes, while parked there. Fortunatly, there's a turnout, SW of the Rest Area.

Neither rd has dramatic views, but goes thru lush, temperate rain forest; quite nice. Plenty of camping spots, along the 324. At mile post 3.29 is a 100 yard spur, w/ a turn around. Opposite that, & 70 yds downhill on the 324, is where the Rest Area rd intersects, blocked & disguised by a dirt mound.

Posted November 20, 2015, by Darcy Johnson (Dkj2027 [at] gmail [dot] com )

How did this bridge get its name?

Posted November 16, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The city website provides information suggesting this park and bridge are from the 1930s and associated with Depression relief programs, suggesting this is a concrete arch with stone facing. From the city:

The park was designed by Oakland landscape architect Howard Gilkey, who grew up in Santa Rosa. The park was developed in the depression years as a government project. Its stone bridge, pond and walkway were constructed from rock hauled from the Kenwood quarries.

Posted November 13, 2015, by Matt Lohry

Interesting write-up; very well put. Unlike the writer, however, I actually do have feelings for the new bridge...the kind of feelings that make a barf bag more than necessary!

Posted November 13, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Nice article on the old bridge as it goes away:

http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2015/11/13/mourning-the-lo...

Posted October 30, 2015, by Daniel

http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/september/bri... it appears that BLM calls this bridge the Briceburg Suspension Bridge. Not sure if that's worth changing the name here.

Posted October 26, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Still closed, apparently still drawing a crowd anyway:

http://www.appeal-democrat.com/news/bridge-still-draws-a-cro...

Posted October 25, 2015, by Anonymous

Hope he didn't ruin his health fretting for nearly five years.

8^0

Posted October 25, 2015, by Erik Hoffman

Road is also called Marble Hot Springs Rd.