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Cape Creek Bridge

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Cape Creek Bridge

Cape Creek Bridge

Photo taken by Larry Matthews on June 27, 2008

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Overview
Concrete arch bridge over Cape Creek on US 101
Location
Lane County, Oregon
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1932
Builders
- Clackamas Construction Co. (Contractor)
- Conde B. McCullough of Redfield, North Dakota (Bridge Engineer)
- John K. Holt (Contractor)
Design
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
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 220.0 ft.
Total length: 619.1 ft.
Deck width: 27.0 ft.
Recognition
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")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/410265/4887296 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Heceta Head
Inventory numbers
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 07/2013)
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 2010)
5,000

Update Log 

  • 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
  • June 29, 2008: New photos from Larry Matthews

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Cape Creek Bridge
Posted May 30, 2009, by Linda C. Boyd (Lin4art [at] aol [dot] com)

I was happy to find this page with this bridge. I have always wondered about it and fasinated by it. I painted an oil painting of this bridge in 2005 from some photos I took when I lived in Oregon.

I also have it listed on my web site. If interested email me. As you can tell,I knew nothing about this bridge. Now I do,thanks.

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