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Canyon Creek Bridge


Canyon Creek Bridge

Gerald W. Williams Collection,

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The Canyon Creek Bridge was an important structure during the first incarnation of the Pacific Highway through the Canyon Creek Canyon in Southern Oregon. The bridge was located a few miles south of the town of Canyonville and served on the main north-south highway between the Willamette Valley to the north and the Sacramento Valley to the south in Northern California.

The Canyon Creek Bridge was a three span structure featuring a main 125-foot reinforced concrete open spandrel deck arch. The main arch span was flanked by two smaller reinforced concrete girder spans at each end. The bridge carried the Pacific Highway over Canyon Creek on an 18-foot roadway. The bridge featured many of what were standard details used during the era, such as balustrade railing and large yet hollow arch skewback piers. The bridge was designed by the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads and was constructed in 1921 by Stebbinger Brothers.

In 1945 the Oregon State Highway Department realigned U.S. 99 (Pacific Highway) through Canyon Creek Canyon. As part of the highway realignment the Canyon Creek Bridge was removed. The location of the bridge now sits under many feet of fill under what is now Interstate 5.

(Source: Highway Engineer and Contractor, Volume 5, Number 1, July 1921, pg-32)


Lost Open-spandrel arch bridge over Canyon Creek on Pacific Highway
Douglas County, Oregon
Built 1921, Removed 1945
- Stebbinger Bros. (Contractor)
Open spandrel reinforced concrete deck arch
Length of largest span: 125.0 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.91398, -123.26685   (decimal degrees)
42°54'50" N, 123°16'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/478219/4751297 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 49562 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 9, 2011: Added by Michael Goff