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Wildcat Covered Bridge 37-20-04

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Wildcat Covered Bridge

Photo taken by Mike Goff in April 2012

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BH Photo #230447

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Description 

The Wildcat Bridge is located on a small winding road a short distance from Highway 126. From the bridge site where Wildcat Creek flows into the Siuslaw River, Stagecoach Road hugs the hillside until it drops into the narrow plain at Swisshome. Stagecoach Road was the original road to the coast, but was bypassed after the Linslaw Tunnel and Mapleton Bridge were built in the 1930s. The nearby Austa boat ramp provides access to the river for fishermen on the Siuslaw River. The bridge was closed for repairs several times in the 1980s, and in the autumn of 2000, when the structure was strengthened.

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

Facts 

Overview
Covered Howe through truss bridge over Wildcat Creek on Austa Road
Location
Lane County, Oregon
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1925; rehabilitated 1990
Builder
- A.C. Striker (County Bridge Superintendent)
Design
The Wildcat Creek Covered Bridge is a 75-foot covered Howe through truss. The bridge features five timber stringer approach spans, three spans to the south and two to the north. The approach spans make of 86-feet of the total 161-foot crossing. The west side of the bridge has a large window to allow those crossing views of the Wildcat Creek - Siuslaw River confluence.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 75.0 ft.
Total length: 161.0 ft.
Deck width: 13.5 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.3 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Austa Road Bridge
Austa Covered Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.00278, -123.65472   (decimal degrees)
44°00'10" N, 123°39'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/447510/4872389 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Greenleaf
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
54
Inventory numbers
ORNBI 39C446438700008 (Oregon bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 30013 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2015)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 42.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 15, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • April 24, 2012: New photos from Mike Goff

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