Mike Goff

About Me 

Email: michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com

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.

Favorite Photos 

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Rock Point Bridge

Rock Point Bridge (Jackson County, Oregon)
Pre-Rehab: North elevation

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Conde B. McCullough Bridge

Conde B. McCullough Memorial Bridge (Coos County, Oregon)
from the southwest

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Arch Bracing and Hangers

Jacob Conser Bridge (Marion County, Oregon)

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Yaquina Bay Bridge

Yaquina Bay Bridge (Lincoln County, Oregon)
From the Newport waterfront

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Yaquina Bay Bridge

Yaquina Bay Bridge (Lincoln County, Oregon)
Through arch truss details

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Recent Updates 

Wilson River Overflow Bridge (Tillamook County, Oregon)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Wilson River Overflow on Boquist Road
October 30, 2017: Added
Wilson River Overflow Bridge (Tillamook County, Oregon)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Wilson River Overflow on Boquist Road
October 30, 2017: New photos
Youngs Bay Bridge (New) (Clatsop County, Oregon)
Vertical lift bridge over Youngs Bay on US 101 in Astoria
October 30, 2017: New photo
Pudding River Relief Channel Bridge (Marion County, Oregon)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Pudding River Relief Channel on OR-99E
October 30, 2017: Added
Pudding River Relief Channel Bridge (Marion County, Oregon)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Pudding River Relief Channel on OR-99E
October 30, 2017: New photos
Chitwood Covered Bridge 37-21-03 (Lincoln County, Oregon)
Covered Howe through truss bridge over Yaquina River on Chitwood Road, just off US 20
October 30, 2017: New photos
North Fork Necanicum River Bridge (Clatsop County, Oregon)
Concrete deck girder bridge over North Fork Necanicum River on US-26
October 30, 2017: Added
North Fork Necanicum River Bridge (Clatsop County, Oregon)
Concrete deck girder bridge over North Fork Necanicum River on US-26
October 30, 2017: New photos
Marys River Bridge (Benton County, Oregon)
Parker through truss bridge over Marys River on Northbound OR 99W in Corvallis
October 30, 2017: New photos
Arch Cape Tunnel (Clatsop County, Oregon)
Tunnel under Arch Cape on US 101
October 30, 2017: New photo
Lint Creek Bridge (Lincoln County, Oregon)
Stringer bridge over Lint Creek on OR-34
October 30, 2017: Added
Lint Creek Bridge (Lincoln County, Oregon)
Stringer bridge over Lint Creek on OR-34
October 30, 2017: New photos
Southworth Creek Bridge (Lincoln County, Oregon)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Southworth Creek on OR-34
October 30, 2017: Added
Southworth Creek Bridge (Lincoln County, Oregon)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Southworth Creek on OR-34
October 30, 2017: New photos
Arnold Creek Bridge (Lincoln County, Oregon)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Arnold Creek on OR-34
October 30, 2017: Added
Arnold Creek Bridge (Lincoln County, Oregon)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Arnold Creek on OR-34
October 30, 2017: New photos
Alsea River Bridge (Lincoln County, Oregon)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Alsea River on OR-34
October 30, 2017: Added
Alsea River Bridge (Lincoln County, Oregon)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Alsea River on OR-34
October 30, 2017: New photos
Pudding River Bridge (Clackamas County, Oregon)
Steel tied arch bridge over Pudding River on OR-99E
August 2, 2017: New photo
Horsethief Canyon Bridge (Klickitat County, Washington)
Concrete arch bridge over Horsethief Canyon on WA 14
July 20, 2017: New photo
North Fork Nehalem River Bridge (Clatsop County, Oregon)
Warren deck truss bridge over North Fork Nehalem River on OR 53
June 3, 2017: New photos
Deschutes River Bridge (Wasco County, Oregon)
Warren deck truss bridge over Deschutes River on US 197 in Maupin
May 24, 2017: New photos
Nehalem River Bridge (Clatsop County, Oregon)
Concrete arch bridge over Nehalem River on US 26
May 5, 2017: New photos
Gnat Creek Bridge (Clatsop County, Oregon)
Concrete stringer bridge over Gnat Creek on US 30
April 10, 2017: New photos
Crooked River Bridge (Abandoned) (Crook County, Oregon)
Abandoned polygonal Warren through truss with alternating verticals bridge over Crooked River on Old Lone Pine Road Alignment
April 6, 2017: Added
Jordan Road Bridge (Jefferson County, Oregon)
Suspension bridge over Deschutes River on Jordan Road
April 6, 2017: New photos
Jordan Road Bridge (Jefferson County, Oregon)
Suspension bridge over Crooked River on Jordan Road
April 6, 2017: New photos
North Unit Canal Bridge (Crook County, Oregon)
Stringer bridge over North Unit Canal on Hwy 370
April 6, 2017: Added
Crooked River Bridge (Jefferson County, Oregon)
Steel arch bridge over Crooked River on Former U.S. 97 alignment in Terrebonne
April 6, 2017: New photos
BNSF - Crooked River Bridge (Jefferson County, Oregon)
Steel arch bridge over Crooked River on BNSF/Union Pacific Railroad in Terrebonne
April 6, 2017: New photos
Monroe Street Bridge (Spokane County, Washington)
Concrete arch bridge over Spokane River on Monroe Street in Spokane
April 6, 2017: New photos
Howard Street Bridge (Spokane County, Washington)
Through truss bridge over Middle Channel Spokane River on Howard Street in Spokane
April 6, 2017: New photos
Howard Street Bridge (Spokane County, Washington)
Concrete arch bridge over North Channel Spokane River on Howard Street in Spokane
April 6, 2017: New photos
Post Street Bridge (Spokane County, Washington)
Concrete arch bridge over Spokane River on Post Street in Spokane
April 6, 2017: New photos
Henline Creek Bridge (Marion County, Oregon)
Timber stringer bridge over Henline Creek on USFS Road 2207
February 20, 2017: New Street View added
Henline Creek Bridge (Marion County, Oregon)
Timber stringer bridge over Henline Creek on USFS Road 2207
February 20, 2017: Added
Little North Santiam River Bridge (Marion County, Oregon)
Timber through arch bridge over Little North Santiam River on USFS Road 2207
February 20, 2017: New Street View added
Little North Santiam River Bridge (Marion County, Oregon)
Timber through arch bridge over Little North Santiam River on USFS Road 2207
February 20, 2017: Added
North Fork Ash Creek Bridge (Polk County, Oregon)
Slab bridge over North Fork Ash Creek on Riddell Road
February 19, 2017: Added
Wilson River Bridge (Tillamook County, Oregon)
Reinforced concrete tied arch bridge over Wilson River on US 101
December 14, 2016: New photos
Juno Overcrossing (Tillamook County, Oregon)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Port of Tillamook Bay Railroad on U.S. 101
December 14, 2016: Added
Wilson River Slough Bridge (Tillamook County, Oregon)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Wilson River Slough on U.S. 101
December 14, 2016: Added
Hoquarten Slough Bridge (Tillamook County, Oregon)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Hoquarten Slough on U.S. 101
December 14, 2016: Added
Bluff Creek Bridge (Humboldt County, California)
Steel arch bridge over Bluff Creek on CA 96
December 14, 2016: New photo
Hamma Hamma River Bridge South (Mason County, Washington)
Rainbow arch bridge over Hamma Hamma River on US 101
September 16, 2016: New photos
Hamma Hamma River Bridge North (Mason County, Washington)
Rainbow arch bridge over Hamma Hamma River on US 101
September 16, 2016: New photos
Brush Plant Road Bridge (Jefferson County, Washington)
Abandoned concrete arch bridge over Little Quilcene River on closed section of Brush Plant Road
September 16, 2016: New photos
Old Madame Dorian Bridge (Walla Walla County, Washington)
Abandoned concrete rigid frame bridge over Walla Walla River on US 12
July 9, 2016: New photos
Hood Canal Bridge (Kitsap County, Washington)
Pontoon bridge over Hood Canal on WA 104
June 5, 2016: New photos
Wilson River Bridge (Tillamook County, Oregon)
Steel girder bridge over Wilson River on OR 6
May 2, 2016: New photo

Recent Comments 

RE: Design
Posted September 11, 2017

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.

Posted September 6, 2017

The Oneonta Tunnel caught fire this week during the Eagle Creek Fire east of Portland.

http://www.kptv.com/story/36294814/eagle-creek-fire-tears-th...

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.

Posted August 31, 2017

Nice photo Steven! It looks like you picked a way nicer day then I did back in 2009, not my best work.

Cheers,

Mike

Posted July 28, 2017

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!

RE: Bridges
Posted July 28, 2017

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.

Posted May 11, 2017

I could post hundreds like it from Oregon alone.

Posted April 26, 2017

http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/data/tools/bridgeclearance/

WSDOT has created a tool for checking tall vehicle routes. It looks like you will be fine in your RV.

Posted April 12, 2017

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.

1950's Tee Beams
Posted December 16, 2016

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.

Re: Bridge comment
Posted December 14, 2016

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.

Posted September 9, 2016

All I can say is "WOW"...

Posted July 12, 2016

From what I can find the history of the bridge is as follows....

Built: 1917-18

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.

Mike

Posted July 9, 2016

I will check into this date issue when I get a chance. I'll be doing an inspection on the replacement bridge soon.

Mike

Posted May 12, 2016

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....

Posted May 11, 2016

Nice photo! As a bridge inspector I must appreciate such work.