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Auburn-Foresthill Bridge



Photo submitted by Larry Matthews

BH Photo #101320

Street View 


Bridge jumping scene

For the release of xxx(2002), Vin Diesel drove a Corvette off the side of the the bridge.

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The Foresthill Bridge, which soars 730 feet above the stream bed of the American River's North Fork, is reputed to be the 3rd highest bridge in the United States and the tallest in California. The bridge opened for public use on Labor Day, 1973. The 2,428 foot long span, with piers only 16 feet shorter than those of the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge, was built at a cost of $13 million by the Bureau of Reclamation.

The bridge was built to span Auburn Lake, the reservoir that would have backed up into the North and Middle Fork canyons of the American River behind the Auburn Dam, if it had ever been built. The dam project was abandoned and the bridge now spans the North Fork canyon.


Deck truss bridge over North Fork American River on Auburn-Foresthill Road in North Auburn
Placer County, California
Open to traffic
Built 1972
Warren deck truss
Length of largest span: 861.9 ft.
Total length: 2,429.3 ft. (0.5 mi.)
Deck width: 40.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.92194, -121.03889   (decimal degrees)
38°55'19" N, 121°02'20" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/670009/4309943 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
Inventory numbers
CA 19C-60 (California bridge number)
BH 11242 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2018)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 96.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • October 11, 2015: New video from Elliott Johnson
  • June 16, 2015: Updated by Erik Hoffman: Fixed typo in name.
  • October 4, 2013: New photos from Nathan Morton
  • June 14, 2011: New photos from Mike Lynch
  • March 11, 2010: Updated by Craig Philpott: Added street view
  • September 30, 2009: New photos from Craig Philpott
  • July 31, 2009: New photo from Craig Philpott
  • November 5, 2008: New photo from Larry Matthews
  • November 6, 2006: Posted photo from Larry Matthews


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Foresthill Bridge
Posted April 11, 2013, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

Please combine these photos with the original page for this bridge.

Auburn-Forest Hill Bridge
Posted September 13, 2011, by Scott (mrrz500 [at] com [dot] com)

Watched a guy in a pink bunny suit run out the bridge and jump off. He had a parachute.

Auburn-Forest Hill Bridge
Posted January 5, 2011, by Rod Weeks (rweeks [at] mceinc [dot] com)

Used to go out and sit mid span in the moonlight and have a beer with friends. One night we saw a bunch of giggling kids soak a couch with gas, light it and toss it over. I counted a 13 second freefall to a magnificent splat.

I will always hate this bridge now
Posted April 1, 2009, by Ronda Rayburn (rayburnronda [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Didn't anyone see him there? I wish someone would have. My god why did you stop him Lord! If he could have just had his wings a little sooner. Rest in Paradise my sweet sweet Andrew.

Auburn-Forest Hill Bridge
Posted February 21, 2009, by Larry Matthews (ffhiker [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The bridge was used in the beginning of the movie "XXX" (Triple X) where the hero drove the Corvette off the bridge. It was not special effects - it really happened. The 'Vette ended up in small plastic pieces at the bottom. Over the years several suicides have occurred and a few accidents. All in all, the bridge need not have been built as the dam that was supposed to result in a flooding the valley below never was built.

Auburn-Forest Hill Bridge
Posted June 14, 2007, by Dave Kessler (d [dot] kessler [at] frontiernet [dot] net)

An unneeded bridge. As it turned out, the damed dam that would have inundated the canyon and made need for the bridge was never built. The older bridge is still there at the bottom of the canyon, after a steep drive down a winding cliff-side drive.