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Eel River Bridge


Eel River Bridge, south end of Rio Dell

Photo taken by Walt Frazer in May 2008

BH Photo #121840


Street Views 


Cantilevered K type through truss bridge over Eel River & NWP Railroad on CA 283 in Rio Dell
Humboldt County, California
Open to traffic
Built 1941
Through truss
Length of largest span: 321.9 ft.
Total length: 1,195.9 ft.
Deck width: 25.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.6 ft.
Also called
North Scotia Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.49167, -124.10000   (decimal degrees)
40°29'30" N, 124°05'60" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/406780/4482910 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
141 ft. above sea level
Inventory numbers
CA 4-15 (California bridge number)
CA 04-15 (California bridge number)
BH 10898 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 10/2015)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 56.1 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)

Update Log 

  • September 12, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Painted Seafoam Green"
  • June 19, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Painted green"
  • March 18, 2015: Updated by Ian Bowen: Added alternate name
  • May 23, 2013: New Street View added by Craig Philpott
  • January 2, 2013: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • June 10, 2011: New photo from Craig Philpott
  • February 17, 2010: Updated by Craig Philpott: Corrected bridge design
  • December 15, 2009: New photos from Craig Philpott
  • August 18, 2008: New photo from Walt Frazer

Related Bridges 



Eel River Bridge
Posted March 18, 2015, by Ian Bowen (historichighways [at] gmail [dot] com)

Photos 4 and 5 show the bridge on the north side of Rio Dell (referred to by period sources as the Robinson Ferry Bridge), not this bridge.

Eel River Bridge
Posted December 16, 2009, by Todd (mrwalk08 [at] aol [dot] com)

This looks to be a fine example of what it takes to keep a truss bridge maintained. If it were a bridge in my neck of the woods, an UCEB would probable be in the photo, or listed on this site as "doomed"...