The Cape Creek Bridge is an example of an ancient bridge design combined with early twentieth-century use of reinforced concrete construction techniques. While reminiscent of Roman stone aqueducts because of its two tiers of numerous arches and columns, the 619-foot bridge incorporates in its design a 220-foot open-spandrel rib-type reinforced-concrete deck arch. At the time of the bridge's construction, the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads was completing a 700-foot tunnel through nearby Heceta Head, at the south approach to Cape Creek Bridge. Both undertakings were part of long-range plans to complete a highway along the length of the Pacific Coast. This section of highway presented engineers with major construction problems. It became known to many as the "million-dollar mile" because of its high cost.
Historic American Engineering Record, HAER ORE,20-FLO,1
Length of largest span: 220.0 ft.
Total length: 619.1 ft.
Deck width: 27.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 5, 2005
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.13336, -124.12176(decimal degrees) 44°08'00" N, 124°07'18" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
OR 01113 (Oregon Dept. of Transportation structure number)
NRHP 05000820 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 30017 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 07/2015)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory(6 out of 9) Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory(6 out of 9) Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory(6 out of 9) Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 41.2 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
November 26, 2016: New Street View added by Luke
August 17, 2015: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Concrete asterisk railing"
October 10, 2014: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
March 10, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Added NRHP info
January 18, 2012: New photo from Kelly Smith
September 27, 2010: New photos from Nathan Holth
April 21, 2010: New Street View added by Michael Goff
April 20, 2010: New Street View added by Michael Goff
August 10, 2009: New photos from Michael Goff
April 19, 2009: Posted HAER photos
October 7, 2008: Updated by Michael Goff: Added Builders