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Van Buren Bridge

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Van Buren Bridge

Photo taken by Michael Goff on March 2, 2008

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Overview
Swing span bridge over Willamette River on OR-34 Eastbound
Location
Corvallis, Benton County, Oregon, and Linn County, Oregon
Status
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Consideration of alternatives to improve traffic flow in this area is underway. Demolition and replacement on existing alignment is among the alternatives.
History
Built 1913
Builders
- Andrew J. Potter (Engineer)
- Coast Bridge Co. of Portland, Oregon (Farbication and Construction)
Design
Through truss with swing span
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 249.0 ft.
Total length: 708.0 ft.
Deck width: 18.5 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.5 ft.
Also called
Willamette River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.56544, -123.25643   (decimal degrees)
44°33'56" N, 123°15'23" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/479637/4934710 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Corvallis
Inventory numbers
OR 02728 (Oregon Dept. of Transportation structure number)
BH 29848 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 06/2014)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 49.2 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
22,000

Update Log 

  • August 26, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • March 31, 2011: New photos from Michael Goff
  • December 1, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now at risk for demolition and replacement.
  • April 26, 2010: New Street View added by Michael Goff
  • January 5, 2009: New photos from Michael Goff
  • June 24, 2008: New photos from Michael Goff

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • Mike Goff - michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth
  • Project Website
  • HABS OR-183 - Corvallis Downtown Historic District, Bounded by First & Sixth Streets, Van Buren & Western Avenues, Corvallis, Benton, OR
  • Wikipedia - Van Buren Street Bridge
  • Douglas Butler

Comments 

Van Buren Bridge
Posted May 27, 2013, by Pat Henderson (pwdh88[at]peak [dot] org)

When the Corp of Engineers still dredged the Willamette river, there was considerable barge traffic on the waterway.

The Van Buren street bridge was designed to swing open to allow large craft or loads to pass upstream.

I'm not certain if an electrical motor was ever installed on the opening mechanism, but I do know that one night some Oregon State College students got hold of the crank that was used as a back-up mechanical system and manually cranked the bridge open, much to the consternation of morning motorists. ( It was the only Corvallis span over the river at the time.)

Officials stopped stowing the crank on the bridge itself and eventually rendered the opening mechanism inoperable to prevent a repeat episode, especially after dredging stopped and the the river was no longer used by large vessels.

( You don't want to know what engineering students then did to the city's traffic lights.)

-- Pat Henderson

27May2013mon

Van Buren Bridge
Posted December 1, 2010, by Sheldon Wiens (sheldon_wiens77 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Hey everyone,

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Van Buren Bridge
Posted July 10, 2008, by jon king (jonk13 [at] earthlink [dot] net)

while kayaking we were looking at the gearing that apparently swung the bridge open. the deck no longer seems to be swingable. any where to look to see how that worked?