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Little Sheep Creek Bridge

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Little Sheep Creek Bridge

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Photo taken by Mike Goff in October 2014

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BH Photo #305101

Description 

The Little Sheep Creek Bridge in remote Wallowa County is a representative example of a typical small stream crossing designed by the Oregon State Highway Department during the 1930ís. The bridge was constructed in 1935 and was designed by the highway department under the guidance of notable state bridge engineer Conde B. McCullough. The bridge is 23-foot long single span reinforced concrete tee-beam structure located on the Imnaha Highway between the town of Joseph and the small community of Imnaha.

The Little Sheep Creek Bridge is an excellent example of the detailing utilized by the highway department engineers during this era. The railing is a variation of the baluster railing utilized on some of the large signature coastal bridges built during the same time. The bridge illustrates the states commitment at this time to lasting structures that accent their place in the environment. Despite the remote location of the structure the small bridge still is adorned with the details that one would find on a large scale structure in more urbanized areas.

Facts 

Overview
Concrete tee beam bridge over Little Sheep Creek on Imnaha Highway
Location
Wallowa County, Oregon
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1935
Design
Reinforced concrete tee beam
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 23.0 ft.
Total length: 24.0 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+45.43552, -117.00690   (decimal degrees)
45°26'08" N, 117°00'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/499460/5031333 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Three Lakes Country
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
170
Inventory numbers
OR 02084 (Oregon Dept. of Transportation structure number)
BH 63741 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 57.4 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • October 20, 2014: Added by Mike Goff

Sources 

  • Mike Goff - michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com