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Hayden Covered Bridge 37-02-05 #2


Hayden Covered Bridge

Photo taken by Michael Goff on July 26, 2010


BH Photo #171727

Street View 


Spanning the Alsea River only two miles west of Alsea, the Hayden Bridge is one of the oldest in the state. The span was either partially or totally rebuilt in 1945. Its portals, once rounded in design, have been enlarged to a more modern design to facilitate larger loads. Vertical board and batten siding flares out at the base, similar to Lincoln County covered spans. A daylighting window strip below the roofline on both sides of the bridge illuminates the interior.

Alsea was a river community as early as 1850, known as Alseya settlement. The name is derived from the name of an Indian tribe living at the mouth of the river, originally pronounced in three syllables.

During the heyday of covered bridge construction, several of the covered structures were built close by on the Alsea River and its tributary. Oregon's last covered span on a primary state highway, the Mill Creek Bridge on Oregon Highway 34, stood just two miles away. Only the Hayden Bridge remains.

(Reference: Roofs Over Rivers, by Bill and Nick Cockrell)


Covered Howe through truss bridge over Alsea River on Hayden Road
Benton County, Oregon
Open to traffic
Built 1945
Covered Howe through truss
Length of largest span: 90.9 ft.
Total length: 150.9 ft.
Deck width: 17.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 11.8 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 29, 1979
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.38317, -123.63100   (decimal degrees)
44°22'59" N, 123°37'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/449736/4914625 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Grass Mountain
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
Inventory numbers
WGCB 37-02-05 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
NRHP 79002034 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
OR 14538 (Oregon Dept. of Transportation structure number)
BH 29839 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 27.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 10, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • March 9, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Added street view & imported photos