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Jibboom Street Bridge


Whole bridge

Photo taken by Karl Sweitzer


BH Photo #143432


Street Views 


This bridge was built in 1931 as the only highway drawbridge over the American River The swing span was relocated from the Webster street bridge. The last time it opened was in 1936 it is now exempt from opening.

source "California Drawbridges" Bernard C. Winn


Through truss cantilevered swing bridge over American River on Jibboom Street in Sacramento
Sacramento, Sacramento County, California
Technically open, but subject to frequent sometimes unannounced closures
Future prospects
Bridge has been subject to frequent closures of varying duration since 2018. CalTrans has expressed interest in replacing the bridge but no serious planning has been done as of yet
Built 1931; rehabilitated 1969; closed and reopened repeatedly starting in 2018 and still ongoing
- C.W. Deterding, Jr of Sacramento, California
- Lord & Bishop Co. of Sacramento, California
Cantilevered Through truss swing bridge
Length of largest span: 161.1 ft.
Total length: 959.0 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.3 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.59889, -121.50528   (decimal degrees)
38°35'56" N, 121°30'19" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/630161/4273325 (zone/easting/northing)
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
Inventory numbers
CA 24C-22 (California bridge number)
BH 11292 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2018)
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: 35.6 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 2, 2020: Updated by Nick Boppel: Bridge has been repeatedly closed and reopened and is doomed, although no firm plans are in place
  • May 20, 2018: New Street View added by Leslie R trick
  • May 19, 2018: Updated by Leslie R trick: Added info to description
  • September 26, 2016: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • June 8, 2012: New photo from Brian Smith
  • September 5, 2010: New photos from Craig Philpott
  • March 8, 2010: Updated by Craig Philpott: Added streetview
  • February 18, 2010: Updated by Craig Philpott: Corrected design
  • July 24, 2009: New photos from Karl Sweitzer


  • Karl Sweitzer - kesc [at] pacbell [dot] net
  • Craig Philpott - craigphilpott63 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Wikipedia
  • Brian Smith - casigns28 [at] outlook [dot] com
  • Douglas Butler
  • Leslie R Trick - Leslie [dot] Trick [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Nick Boppel - nickboppel01 [at] gmail [dot] com


Jibboom Street Bridge
Posted April 2, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

They need to just incorporate it into the trail system and let cars use the I-5 Bridge.

Jibboom Street Bridge
Posted October 15, 2018, by Brianna Tarness (briannatarness82 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well, it would appear that the bridge status was never changed to “closed” since I posted my previous comment on August 20th.

However, I am pleased to announce that the bridge has been reopened to traffic, although the swing span reportedly is not currently operational.

Jibboom Street Bridge
Posted August 20, 2018, by Brianna Tarness (briannatarness82 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge has been closed indefinitely to all traffic including pedestrians, with the swing span locked in the open position. A recent maintenance report found that several superstructure elements had become unstable, and therefore recommended the immediate closure of the bridge. CalTrans reportedly wants to reopen the bridge, although it is unclear when or if that will happen.

Jibboom Street Bridge
Posted February 1, 2014, by Don Morrison

This Bridge was featured near the end of the movie "Bad Grandpa".

Jibboom Street Bridge
Posted December 4, 2012, by Chuck and Cake Fan

If you are a fan of the TV series, Chuck, you will know that the theme is the instrumental version of Cake's Short Skirt/Long Jacket. In the video for their original song Cake members ask the California general public their opinion on the song. At 2:15 of the video one can see a bridge in the background. It is this bridge in Sacramento. And now you see how everything is related.