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Lodge Pole Bridge

Photos 

Lodgepole Bridge, South Elevation, Facing Northwest

Photo taken for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #224846

Map 

Street View 

Description 

The Marble Fork Bridge was an important link of the Generals Highway allowing for the road construction to continue to the General Grant Tree, creating a continuous loop connecting Sequoia and General Grant national parks in 1935. The concrete arch bridge with masonry facade is a good surviving example of the park service rustic aesthetic.

-- Historic American Engineering Record

Facts 

Overview
Concrete arch bridge over Marble Fork Kaweah River on Generals Highway
Location
Tulare County, California
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1930
Builders
- Eric E. Erhart (Resident Engineer - Bureau of Public Roads)
- John B. Wosky (Architect - National Parks Service)
- W. A. Bechtel Co. of San Francisco, California (Contractor)
Design
Concrete closed-spandrel arch with stone facade
Dimensions
Span length: 44.9 ft.
Total length: 44.9 ft.
Deck width: 25.6 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.60472, -118.73417   (decimal degrees)
36°36'17" N, 118°44'03" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/344898/4052424 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lodgepole
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
662
Inventory number
BH 11704 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2015)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 53.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • February 6, 2012: HAER photos posted by Mike Goff
  • March 20, 2010: Updated by Craig Philpott: Added street view

Sources 

  • Craig Philpott - craigphilpott63 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Wikipedia - Generals Highway stone bridges
  • HAER CA-140-A - Generals Highway, Lodge Pole Bridge, Spanning Marble Fork of Kaweah River, approximately 21 miles northwest of Ash Mountain Entrance, Three Rivers, Tulare County, CA