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Cape Creek Bridge


Cape Creek Bridge

Cape Creek Bridge

Photo taken by Larry Matthews on June 27, 2008


BH Photo #116101


Street Views 


Concrete arch bridge over Cape Creek on US 101
Lane County, Oregon
Open to traffic
Built 1932
- Arthur Jordan (Construction Supervisor)
- Clackamas Construction Co. of Clackamas, Oregon (Contractor)
- Conde B. McCullough of Redfield, South Dakota (Bridge Engineer)
- John K. Holt (Contractor)
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")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/410265/4887296 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Heceta Head
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
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 report (as of July 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 41.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 15, 2018: New photo from Richard Doody
  • 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
  • June 29, 2008: New photos from Larry Matthews



Cape Creek Bridge
Posted February 8, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Love the painting... Cape Creek Bridge is on my short list when I visit my son and his family in Portland come March or April. We plan to drive the Oregon Coast Highway and visit several Conde McCullough gems.

Cape Creek Bridge
Posted February 8, 2020, by Angela K (falpiqua [at] hotmail [dot] com)

My husband also painted the Cape Creek Bridge. I really enjoy this website because I have never seen any of the bridges he painted in real life, so I like to compare them. This one, in particular, was really interesting, and I love that someone else also painted it.


Cape Creek Bridge
Posted November 26, 2016, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I recently visited this Conde McCullough Bridge and tunnel. It was outstanding.

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.