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CBR - Coos Bay Bridge

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Coos Bay Railroad Bridge

From the McCullough Bridge

Photo taken by Michael Goff in August 2010

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BH Photo #175566

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Swing through truss bridge over Coos Bay on the Coos Bay Rail Link (CBR) in North Bend
Location
North Bend, Coos County, Oregon
Status
Open to traffic
Future prospects
The Coos Bay rail line closed in September 2007. The Port of Coos Bay purchased the line and after structure and tunnel work reopened the line to the North Spit area north of North Bend in 2011 as the Coos Bay Rail Link.
History
Built 1914
Builder
- American Bridge Co. of New York (Steel Fabricator)
Railroads
- Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad (CORP)
- Coos Bay Rail Link (CBR)
- Southern Pacific Railroad (SP)
Design
The Coos Bay bridge includes two timber approaches. The north approach is 315 feet and the south approach is 555 feet. In between are 12 steel trusses totaling 2,168 feet, with the mammoth swing span adding another 458 feet in total bridge length.
(Railway Track and Structures, Sept, 2004)
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 458.0 ft.
Total length: 3,055.0 ft. (0.6 mi.)
Also called
Coos Bay Railroad Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.42679, -124.23589   (decimal degrees)
43°25'36" N, 124°14'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/399964/4808952 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
North Bend
Inventory number
BH 46015 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 4, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • October 13, 2014: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • March 8, 2013: Updated by James Baughn: Bridge is open to rail traffic
  • November 21, 2011: New photos from Michael Goff
  • February 17, 2011: New Street View added by Michael Goff
  • August 31, 2010: Added by Michael Goff

Sources 

  • Mike Goff - michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • International Port of Coos Bay - Rail Line Acquisition & Rehabilitation
  • International Port of Coos Bay - Coos Bay Railroad Bridge - Phase II Rehabilitation
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • Douglas Butler
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Comments 

C.O.R.P. - Coos Bay Bridge
Posted October 15, 2010, by Todd (todd_ken [at] msn [dot] com)

10/2010: Update information regarding this bridge. The bridge has since been purchased by the Port of Coos Bay as well as a large portion of the former CORP/former Southern Pacific Railroad line from Coos Bay to Eugene. The bridge is open and the Port of Coos Bay is reporting that the line will be reopened in the next several months. It should be noted that many souces have stated that this is the largest swing span bridge that is still in operation in North America.