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Depoe Bay Bridge


This bridge spans "the worlds smallest harbor"

Built in 1927. This photo clearly shows the 1940 addition on the seaward side to increase capacity.

Internet picture

BH Photo #133031


Street Views 

Depoe Bay Bridge History 

I found this interesting history of the bridge on the internet.

The Kuckenberg-Wittman Company of Portland built this single span reinforced concrete deck arch at the mouth of Depoe Bay in 1927. Designed by Conde B. McCullough, the structure maintains the beauty of the coastline and conforms with its environment. The Depoe Bay Bridge is an important example of McCullough's engineering and artistic treatment and a familiar Oregon Coast landmark. A stairwell on the bay side and a walkway at the north end of the bridge provide access to Depoe Bay State Park. The bridge is 312 feet in length, and the main span is a 150-foot rib deck arch with an open spandrel. The capacity of the bridge was increased in 1940, when an addition was made on the seaward side of the bridge


Concrete arch bridge over Depoe Bay on US 101 in Depoe Bay
Lincoln County, Oregon
Open to traffic
Built 1927
- Conde B. McCullough of Redfield, South Dakota (Bridge Engineer)
- Kuckenberg & Wittman of Portland, Oregon (Contractor)
Open spandrel deck arch
Length of largest span: 150.0 ft.
Total length: 312.0 ft.
Deck width: 50.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 5, 2005
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.80973, -124.06187   (decimal degrees)
44°48'35" N, 124°03'43" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/416031/4962362 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Depoe Bay
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
OR 02459 (Oregon Dept. of Transportation structure number)
NRHP 05000823 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 30062 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 35.5 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • June 29, 2020: New photo from Patrick Gurwell
  • November 7, 2019: New photos from Mike Garland
  • October 31, 2019: New photos from Mike Garland
  • October 30, 2019: New photos from Mike Garland
  • April 11, 2018: New photo from Leslie R trick
  • January 12, 2018: New Street View added by Leslie R trick
  • March 9, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Added NRHP info & imported photos
  • January 15, 2013: New photos from Mike Goff
  • April 26, 2010: New Street View added by Michael Goff
  • August 18, 2009: Updated by Michael Goff: added builders
  • August 7, 2009: New photos from Michael Goff
  • April 20, 2009: Posted HAER photos
  • February 5, 2009: Essay added by Quinn Phelan


  • Historic Highway Bridges of Oregon - Dwight A. Smith, James B. Norman & Pieter T. Dykman, Oregon Historical Society Press, 1989
  • Quinn Phelan - qphelan [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • HAER OR-97 - Depoe Bay Bridge, Spanning Depoe Bay at Oregon Coast Highway (U.S.101), Depoe Bay, Lincoln County, OR
  • Mike Goff - michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Elegant Arches, Soaring Spans - Robert W. Hadlow, Oregon State University Press, 2001
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Leslie R Trick - Leslie [dot] Trick [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Mike Garland - Rapier342 [at] comcast [dot] net
  • Patrick Gurwell - pgurwell [at] gmail [dot] com