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Gopher Hill Road Bridge


Photo From Plumas County Project Page

View this photo at ca-plumascounty.civicplus.com

BH Photo #254266

Street View 


Pony truss bridge over Spanish Creek on Gopher Hill Ldfl R
Plumas County, California
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Slated for demolition and replacement in 2014.
Built 1938 at Rock Creek, moved to current location 1975
Warren pony truss with curved upper chord
Length of largest span: 80.1 ft.
Total length: 81.0 ft.
Deck width: 20.3 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.95000, -121.03778   (decimal degrees)
39°57'00" N, 121°02'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/667622/4424051 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Meadow Valley
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
CA 09C-148 (California bridge number)
BH 46051 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 56.6 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


Built 1938 (899)
Built during 1930s (12,164)
California (2,710)
Doomed (1,063)
Have street view (28,880)
Open (40,960)
Owned by county (21,599)
Plumas County, California (54)
Pony truss (17,004)
Span length 75-100 feet (6,650)
Total length 75-100 feet (6,778)
Truss (35,375)
Warren pony truss (3,553)
Warren truss (6,996)

Update Log 

  • June 16, 2019: New photos from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • June 16, 2019: Updated by Daniel: updated history based on Plumas County replacement page
  • May 21, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • November 22, 2011: Updated by Craig Philpott: refined design
  • March 8, 2011: New Street View added by J.P.
  • September 5, 2010: Added by Craig Philpott


  • Craig Philpott - craigphilpott63 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth
  • Daniel
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com


Gopher Hill Road Bridge
Posted June 16, 2019, by Daniel

Bridge History

The existing Snake Lake (Gopher Hill) bridge was built in 1938 was originally used as the Rock Creek bridge before being moved to its present location in the mid 70's after the Rock Creek bridge was replaced with present concrete structure.

Existing Bridge Information

Snake Lake Bridge over Spanish Creek is a single-lane, clear span steel pony truss with high abutment walls comprised of precast concrete panels with tieback anchors and was constructed in 1969.

that's what the replacement page states, interesting that they don't have an exact year for relocation.

Gopher Hill Road Bridge
Posted June 16, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Quite possibly a relocation date.

Gopher Hill Road Bridge
Posted June 16, 2019, by Daniel

I'll add that I was surprised to see that it was riveted. How many bridges were riveted that late?

Gopher Hill Road Bridge
Posted June 15, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

With the decent ratings and low ADT maybe they realized how stupid it would be to waste money to replace it!

Gopher Hill Road Bridge
Posted June 15, 2019, by Daniel

As of today the bridge is still there with no signs of construction etc. Not denying that it may be doomed.