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Ponderosa Way Bridge #1


Ponderosa Rd bridge

Photo taken looking SW from N side, American River.

Photo taken by Craig Philpott in June 2008

BH Photo #143974

Street View 


Pony truss bridge over North Fork American River on Ponderosa Way
Placer County, California
Open to traffic
Built 1935
- Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)
Parker pony truss
Length of largest span: 129.9 ft.
Total length: 222.1 ft.
Deck width: 11.8 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.00000, -120.94000   (decimal degrees)
39°00'00" N, 120°56'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/678387/4318795 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
Inventory numbers
CA 19P-5 (California bridge number)
BH 11252 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2014)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 54.7 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • May 26, 2022: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • September 4, 2016: New photos from Debra Rheinlander
  • October 16, 2015: Updated by Erik Hoffman: Fixed road name.
  • June 16, 2015: Updated by Erik Hoffman: New photos added by Erik Hoffman
  • March 11, 2010: Updated by Craig Philpott: Added street view
  • July 31, 2009: New photo from Craig Philpott


  • Craig Philpott - craigphilpott63 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Erik Hoffman - norcalroadswebsite [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Debra Rheinlander
  • Geoff Hubbs


Ponderosa Way Bridge #1
Posted October 5, 2020, by Doug Klingerman


"The Bureau of Reclamation, in coordination with the California Department of Parks and Recreation, will temporarily close the Ponderosa Way Bridge over the North Fork American River to vehicles for construction beginning July 15 and ending in December 2022."

“In addition to bridge replacement, the project will repair drainage and surfaces on Ponderosa Way leading to the river and bridge. Foundation work will strengthen and stabilize the concrete supports on the edge of the river.”

"The single-lane bridge will be replaced with an updated design using newer construction techniques. The new bridge will have a weight rating sufficient for fire engines, enhancing the area’s fire response."

Ponderosa Road Bridge
Posted January 5, 2014, by Mark Noyes

For more information about who built this bridge and road follow this link- http://livingnewdeal.berkeley.edu/projects/ponderosa-way-ca/