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Whitewater Creek Bridge


General Perspective View Of The Whitewater Creek Bridge, View Looking Southeast At The Riveted Steel Tapered Lattice Towers And Steel Deck Girder Spans

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #196659


Steel stringer bridge over Whitewater Creek on OR 22
Marion County, Oregon
Replaced by a pre-cast concrete girder bridge in 2003
Built 1932, Replaced 2003
- Henry R. Angwin (BPR Bridge Engineer)
The bridge is comprised of nine steel deck girder spans of varying lengths between 20 feet and 50 feet. The overall length of the bridge is 320 feet. The deck is 22 feet wide and accommodates two travel lanes and is flanked by decorative concrete balustrades with arched openings. The end piers of the balustrade are flared, and feature bush hammered inset panels. The bridge is supported by four riveted steel lattice towers that are tapered. These towers rest on battered concrete piers, and feature laced horizontal members. Roller bearings facilitate bridge expansion, with the bearings at the south abutment and a fixed shoe at the north abutment. The bridge derives its significance due to its association with Depression-era public works road construction projects. The bridge also embodies distinctive design characteristics of early steel deck girder structures with steel lattice towers in Oregon.
(HAER OR-150)
Length of largest span: 60.0 ft.
Total length: 319.9 ft.
Deck width: 22.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.68958, -121.97152   (decimal degrees)
44°41'23" N, 121°58'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/581496/4948982 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Mount Bruno
Inventory numbers
OR 05981 (Oregon Dept. of Transportation structure number)
BH 42382 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 31, 2011: New photos from Michael Goff
  • April 20, 2009: Added by Michael Goff


  • Mike Goff - michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • HAER OR-150 - Whitewater Creek Bridge, Spanning Whitewater Creek on North Santiam Highway (OR 22), Idanha vicinity, Marion, OR