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Howell's Bridge


Howell's Bridge Hwy 70

Looking NE

Photo taken by Craig Philpott in March 2010


BH Photo #157267


Street View 


Steel through arch bridge over North Fork Feather River on CA 70 in Belden
Plumas County, California
Open to traffic
Built 1934
Steel through arch
Length of largest span: 129.9 ft.
Total length: 134.8 ft.
Deck width: 27.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.3 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.01420, -121.22580   (decimal degrees)
40°00'51" N, 121°13'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/651417/4430840 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
2277 ft. above sea level
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
Inventory numbers
CA 9-9 (California bridge number)
CA 09-9 (California bridge number)
BH 11273 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2017)
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: 63.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 11, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • March 8, 2010: Updated by Ed Hollowell: Changed Vertical height from 13.3' to 15.3 to match sign in photos.
  • March 8, 2010: Updated by Craig Philpott: Added streetview
  • March 6, 2010: Updated by Craig Philpott: Added photos


  • Craig Philpott - craigphilpott63 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Ed Hollowell - erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com
  • Richard Doody


Howell's Bridge
Posted March 9, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

If a bridge is in a climate (or on a road) that sees very little deicing salt, it is going to face less potential for deterioration. However regardless of all other factors, the single most important factor with a steel bridge is to keep the paint on the bridge. Looks like this rule has been followed here.

Howell's Bridge
Posted March 8, 2010, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

What a neat bridge! It is interesting to find a bridge of this age and of these dimensions that is in such fine condition. I have to wonder why? Climate, design or just good care? Maybe the inspector is just a fan of this unique bridge?