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McCarthy Creek Bridge


McCarthy Creek Bridge

Photo taken by Michael Goff on July 20, 2008


BH Photo #148002

Street Views 


Abandoned concrete stringer bridge over McCarthy Creek on Abandoned U.S. 30 Alignment
Multnomah County, Oregon
Built 1920
The McCarthy Creek Bridge is an abandoned reinforced concrete beam bridge. The bridge was part of the original Lower Columbia River Highway and was bypassed when traffic requirements warranted a wider and straighter highway alignment.
The McCarthy Creek Bridge is one of a few abandoned bridges in Oregon. Most bridges are demolished soon after abandonment. The McCarthy Creek Bridge is similar in design to the Tide Creek Bridge in Columbia County, which was also part of the Lower Columbia River Highway before being bypassed.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+45.65111, -122.85167   (decimal degrees)
45°39'04" N, 122°51'06" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/511557/5055295 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Sauvie Island
Inventory number
BH 43527 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Abandoned (3,926)
Beam (16,871)
Built 1920 (1,045)
Built during 1920s (10,255)
Bypassed (185)
Concrete balustrade (883)
Concrete stringer (865)
Have street view (28,880)
Multnomah County, Oregon (121)
Oregon (1,260)
Owned by state (16,548)
US 30 (128)

Update Log 

  • March 8, 2018: New Street View added by Leslie R trick
  • January 12, 2018: Updated by Leslie R trick: Added category "Hisotric columbia river highway"
  • April 20, 2016: New photos from Mike Garland
  • September 8, 2010: New Street View added by Michael Goff
  • October 21, 2009: Added by Michael Goff


  • Mike Goff - michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Mike Garland - Rapier342 [at] comcast [dot] net
  • Leslie R Trick - Leslie [dot] Trick [at] gmail [dot] com


McCarthy Creek Bridge
Posted August 30, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

The decay is Beautiful

McCarthy Creek Bridge
Posted August 30, 2019, by Kirk J. Poole (kjpportland [at] gmail [dot] com)

I've just finished contacting the Director of ODOT to see what he can do by using jail labor to clean the decks and bushes off the bridge. I've known the director since I was 8 years old. I hope I pulled a bit and some day soon, we will see this bridge cleared off and at least in static condition.

McCarthy Creek Bridge
Posted July 23, 2019, by Daniel

The modern bridge is from 1968. I wonder if anything has been done to the old bridge in the last 50 years.

McCarthy Creek Bridge
Posted July 22, 2019, by Kirk J. Poole (kjpportland [at] gmail [dot] com)

Multnomah County, Oregon is monumentally derelict in failing to clean up this bridge, let alone attempt to restore it.

The deck is carrying too much weight with tons of dirt, moss and trees on the deck. If all these things continue to accumulate, this bridge will collapse in the next 10 years.

Whether it be ODOT, PDOT, MCDOT in charge of this property, they are all criminally derelict.