My fascination with bridges runs clear to my soul. Like many kids I loved playing in the dirt with trucks. Naturally this lead me to building bridges for the many Tonka towns in which my cousin and I built when we were kids. Our crowning childhood bridging achievement was the construction of a 60-foot log bridge over the creek on my grandfatherís farm.
Then in the summer of 1997 my family took a trip to Coos Bay, Oregon. While driving down the Oregon coast I discovered Oregonís master bridge builder Conde B. McCullough and his elegant coastal bridges. Upon seeing the magnificent structures over Yaquina Bay, the Siuslaw River and Coos Bay I knew I wanted to be a bridge man.
After graduating from high school I moved to Oregon to study civil engineering. After a couple of years of distractions from my other love, ice hockey, I enrolled at Oregon Institute of Technology to pursue my engineering degree. While at OIT I started a project cataloging the historic bridges of Oregon, Washington and Northern California. My initial focus for this project was to catalog and study the works of McCullough. However I discovered this site and my focus expanded to all types of bridges.
I graduated from OIT in the spring of 2008 with a degree in civil engineering and now work as a bridge inspector for the Oregon Department of Transportation. I became a licensed professional engineer in 2012 and now tinker with bridge maintenance design in addition to my inspection work. I take great pride knowing I am one of the caretakers of these awe inspiring structures and getting to live my childhood dream of working on bridges.
The Favorite Photos listed below show a series of photos that attempt to showcase the masterful work of Conde B. McCullough, I hope you enjoy.
Conde B. McCullough BridgeConde B. McCullough Memorial Bridge (Coos County, Oregon)
Arch Bracing and HangersJacob Conser Bridge (Marion County, Oregon)
In Oregon our bridge inspection manual defines a culvert as...
"A drainage structure beneath an embankment. Typically they: carry water, are surrounded by fill or an embankment, may or may not have a bottom and the design construction plans are generally standard culvert drawings."
I guess what that is saying is if you have a drainage structure that is buried in an embankment, it is a culvert.
The Oneonta Tunnel caught fire this week during the Eagle Creek Fire east of Portland.
ODOT inspectors were going to try to check on the bridges on both I-84 and the historic highway today to see if the fire has caused any further damage to these prized structures.
The Columbia River Gorge and the Historic Columbia River Highway is going to be changed for a generation thanks to some careless teenagers.
Nice photo Steven! It looks like you picked a way nicer day then I did back in 2009, not my best work.
The Siuslaw River Bridge is being rehabilitated, concrete repairs with a cathodic protection system. Even with the containment it is a magnificent structure. I got to spend last night hanging under the bascule span and woke up to this view!
All I have to say is the quality of structures and information added to this site over the past few years has declined.
I use to get excited about going out and taking high quality photos and digging for pieces of information to add to the collective body of work on this site. However, as the site became more and more watered down the less desire I had to add information. Things started changing with the flooding of the site with standardized rail bridges and modern roadway bridges. Then came a flood of low quality photographs.
I am not trying to cause discontent with the contributors here or create conflict. I just thought it would be appropriate to express my opinion and explain why my contribution have dropped off over the past few years.
Maybe it is possible that I took this site too seriously, but I always felt that we should stick to the core of what this this collection of bridges is about, bring awareness to historic bridges of our nation.
Flooding the market of what is noteworthy just weakens the message, in my opinion.
I could post hundreds like it from Oregon alone.
WSDOT has created a tool for checking tall vehicle routes. It looks like you will be fine in your RV.
I found this while going through some of my grandparents old trinkets. These tokens were used after the construction of the southbound bridge in 1958 and the toll was lifted in 1966.
This is just my opinion so take it for what is it worth...
I believe these are the break point for the era of bridges with historic value and the interstate era of throwaway standardized structures.
When the designers quite trying to build structures with aesthetically pleasing details and switched to standard rails and other details is when the bridges quit becoming historically significant.
I personally think if a tee beam bridge has a visually pleasing rail and/or other detailing and was built to blend with or enhance it's surrounding then it is worthy of mention.
If it has a simple guardrail and no unique detailing it should be relegated to Ugly Bridges.
I believe Nathan is correct in assuming that the structure is a tee beam. It would be inventoried in the NBI as a tee beam if it were located in Oregon. Though it likely is rigidly cast into the abutment it is probably too early a vintage to be a true rigid frame.
Of course we could argue about the reinforcing but either way it certainly is not a slab.
All I can say is "WOW"...
From what I can find the history of the bridge is as follows....
Approaches replaced: 1953
Approaches widened, added and modified various years in 1960's & 70's.
Main spans replaced: 1982-84.
These dates are all based off the available plan sheets in ODOT's system.
I hope this helps clear up any questions.
I will check into this date issue when I get a chance. I'll be doing an inspection on the replacement bridge soon.
This bridge is actually located in Linn County. Once the county was switched the NBI data became available.
I made the change for you Mike, my apologies for intruding.
The 2014 inspection report states the NBI#37 is a "5" for what it is worth....
Nice photo! As a bridge inspector I must appreciate such work.