Ivan D. Merchant
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Ivan D. Merchant (1906-1997) was an engineer with the Oregon State Highway Department from 1929 until his retirement in 1972. During his time with the department Merchant served in many positions within the bridge department beginning as a construction inspector and finally retiring the state bridge engineer. Merchant was an instrumental design engineer within the staff of Conde B. McCullough during the design and construction of the large bridges along the Oregon coast.
Merchant began his carrier after graduating from Oregon Agricultural College in 1929. One of his first assignments was as a construction inspector on the Rogue River Bridge in Gold Beach. By 1933 Merchant had promoted to a designer position and at the age of 27 he designed the main arch spans for the Yaquina Bay Bridge.
In 1957 Merchant became the State Bridge Engineer for the highway department. Under his direction the bridge department designed and constructed many of Oregonís largest structures including the Astoria-Megler Bridge over the mouth of the Columbia River and the Marquam Bridge over the Willamette River in Portland. Merchant is best recognized for leading the design and construction of Oregonís tallest bridge the Thomas Creek Bridge on U.S. 101 along the South Oregon Coast.
Merchant retired from the highway department in 1972 and died in 1997 in Salem, Oregon. Merchant was the last engineer at the Oregon State Highway Department to work along side notable bridge engineer Conde McCullough.
- Construction Inspector, Oregon State Highway Department (1929-1932)
- Bridge Design Engineer, Oregon State Highway Department (1932-1957)
- State Bridge Engineer, Oregon State Highway Department (1957-1972)
(Clatsop County, Oregon)Bridge Engineer - Oregon, 1966Continuous rigid-cantilever Warren through truss bridge over Columbia River on US 101 in AstoriaOpen to traffic
I-5 - Marquam Bridge
(Multnomah County, Oregon)Bridge Engineer, 1966Cantilevered Warren deck truss bridge over Willamette River on I-5 in PortlandOpen to traffic
I-5 - Shady Bridges
(Douglas County, Oregon)Bridge Engineer - Southbound, 1955Lost pair of Warren deck truss bridges over South Umpqua River I-5 in GreenReplaced by a concrete box girder bridge in 2009
Isaac Lee Patterson Bridge
(Curry County, Oregon)Construction Inspector, 1930Concrete arch bridge over Rogue River on US 101 in Gold BeachOpen to traffic
John Day River Bridge
(Gilliam County, Oregon)Bridge Engineer, 1963Warren deck truss bridge over John Day River on I-84Open to traffic
New Youngs Bay Bridge
(Clatsop County, Oregon)Bridge Engineer, 1964Vertical lift bridge over Youngs Bay on US 101 in AstoriaOpen to traffic
Thomas Creek Bridge
(Curry County, Oregon)Bridge Engineer, 1961Continuous Warren deck truss bridge over Thomas Creek on US 101Open to traffic
Yaquina Bay Bridge
(Lincoln County, Oregon)Design Engineer - Main Steel Spans, 1934Steel through arch bridge over Yaquina Bay on US 101 in NewportOpen to traffic