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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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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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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Recent Updates 

Goose Rock Bridge (Grant County, Oregon)
Stringer bridge over John Day River on OR 19
November 2, 2020: New photos
Ritter Bridge (Grant County, Oregon)
Lost Warren deck truss bridge over Middle Fork John Day River on US 395
November 2, 2020: New photos
Crooked River Park Bridge (Crook County, Oregon)
Polygonal Warren pony truss bridge over Branch of Crooked River on Pedestrian trail
November 2, 2020: New photos
Rimrock Park Bridge (Crook County, Oregon)
Double-intersection Warren through truss bridge over Crooked River on Pedestrian trail
November 2, 2020: New photos
Dale Bridge (Umatilla County, Oregon)
Warren deck truss bridge over North Fork John Day River on US 395
November 2, 2020: New photos
Camas Creek Bridge (Umatilla County, Oregon)
Warren deck truss bridge over Camas Creek on US 395
November 2, 2020: New photos
8th Street Bridge (Umatilla County, Oregon)
Modern Warren through truss bridge over Umatilla River on 8th Street/Lee Street
November 2, 2020: New photo
Henline Creek Bridge (Marion County, Oregon)
Lost timber stringer bridge over Henline Creek on USFS Road 2207
October 22, 2020: Updated by Mike Goff: Updated status, lost in Beachie Creek Fire.
Rudio Bridge (Grant County, Oregon)
Parker through truss bridge over North Fork John Day River on CR 1
August 30, 2020: New photos
Rudio Bridge (Grant County, Oregon)
Parker through truss bridge over North Fork John Day River on CR 1
August 30, 2020: New Street View added
Neal Bridge (Grant County, Oregon)
Parker through truss bridge over North Fork John Day River on CR 29
August 15, 2020: New photos
Cable Creek Road Bridge (Umatilla County, Oregon)
Kingpost pony truss bridge over Camas Creek on Cable Creek Road
August 15, 2020: New photos
Oakland Bridge (Douglas County, Oregon)
Deck truss bridge over Calapooya Creek on Shady Highway in Oakland
June 9, 2020: New photos
Hayden Bridge (Lane County, Oregon)
Whipple truss bridge over McKenzie River on Abandoned Weyerhauser Logging Railway in Springfield
June 9, 2020: New photos
POTB - Kilchis River Bridge (Tillamook County, Oregon)
Pratt through truss bridge on Port of Tillamook Bay Railroad
April 18, 2020: New photos
Fisher School Covered Bridge 37-21-11 (Lincoln County, Oregon)
Covered Howe through truss bridge over Five Rivers on Crab Creek Road
April 15, 2020: New photos
Canyon Creek Ranch Covered Bridge (Linn County, Oregon)
Lost Queenpost through truss bridge over South Santiam River on Private Road
April 3, 2020: New Street View added
Canyon Creek Ranch Covered Bridge (Linn County, Oregon)
Lost Queenpost through truss bridge over South Santiam River on Private Road
April 3, 2020: Updated by Mike Goff: "Fix-It" added location and street view of site.
Rock Pit Road Bridge (Grant County, Oregon)
Polygonal Warren pony truss bridge over John Day River on Rock Pit Road in John Day
April 3, 2020: Updated by Mike Goff: "Fix-It List" changed ownership to private.
Gales Creek Bridge (Washington County, Oregon)
Steel stringer bridge over Gales Creek on Timber Road
April 3, 2020: Updated by Mike Goff: Updated status, replaced.
Ellsworth Street Bridge (Benton County, Oregon)
Parker through truss bridge over Willamette River on Eastbound US 20 in Albany
January 23, 2020: New photos
Beaver Creek Bridge (Columbia County, Oregon)
Wooden bridge over Beaver Creek on OR 47
December 19, 2019: New photos
Van Buren Bridge (Benton County, Oregon)
Swing span bridge over Willamette River on OR-34 Eastbound
November 7, 2019: New photos
Horseshoe Bend Bridge (Malheur County, Oregon)
Concrete stringer bridge over Malheur River on Abandoned U.S. 20
November 7, 2019: New photos
Mosier Creek Bridge (Wasco County, Oregon)
Concrete arch bridge over Mosier Creek on HWY 100 in Mosier
November 7, 2019: New photos
Dry Canyon Creek Bridge (Wasco County, Oregon)
Concrete arch bridge over Dry Canyon Creek on Historical Columbia River Highway
November 7, 2019: New photos
8th Street Bridge (Umatilla County, Oregon)
Modern Warren through truss bridge over Umatilla River on 8th Street/Lee Street
November 7, 2019: Added
8th Street Bridge (Umatilla County, Oregon)
Modern Warren through truss bridge over Umatilla River on 8th Street/Lee Street
November 7, 2019: New photos
Astoria Belt Line Bridge (Clatsop County, Oregon)
Slab bridge over Belt Line on US 101 Bus. Route
November 7, 2019: Added
Astoria Belt Line Bridge (Clatsop County, Oregon)
Slab bridge over Belt Line on US 101 Bus. Route
November 7, 2019: New photos
Walluski River Bridge (Clatsop County, Oregon)
Removable span bridge over Walluski River on OR-202
November 7, 2019: New photos
Astoria-Megler Bridge (Clatsop County, Oregon)
Continuous rigid-cantilever Warren through truss bridge over Columbia River on US 101 in Astoria
November 5, 2019: New photos
Youngs Bay Bridge (New) (Clatsop County, Oregon)
Vertical lift bridge over Youngs Bay on US 101 in Astoria
November 5, 2019: New photos
Lewis & Clark River Bridge (Clatsop County, Oregon)
Bascule lift bridge over Lewis & Clark River on Business US 101
November 5, 2019: New photos
Berry Creek Bridge (Polk County, Oregon)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Berry Creek on OR-99W
November 5, 2019: New photos
Soap Creek Bridge (Polk County, Oregon)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Soap Creek on OR-99W
November 5, 2019: New photos
Drainage Ditch Bridge (Benton County, Oregon)
Concrete rigid frame bridge over Drainage Ditch on OR-99W
November 5, 2019: New photos
Peter Courtney - Minto Island Bridge (Marion County, Oregon)
Steel through arch bridge over Willamette Slough & Pringle Creek on Park Path
November 5, 2019: Added
Peter Courtney - Minto Island Bridge (Marion County, Oregon)
Steel through arch bridge over Willamette Slough & Pringle Creek on Park Path
November 5, 2019: New photos
Troutdale Bridge (Multnomah County, Oregon)
Pratt through truss bridge over Sandy River on Historical Columbia River Highway in Troutdale
October 4, 2019: New photos
Little Nestucca River Bridge (Tillamook County, Oregon)
Polygonal Warren pony truss bridge over Little Nestucca River on OR 130
October 4, 2019: New photos
Moulton Falls Bridge (Clark County, Washington)
Timber arch bridge over East Fork Lewis River on Trail
September 5, 2019: New photo
Skiberene Bridge (Clatsop County, Oregon)
Concrete deck girder bridge over Necanicum River on U.S. 101/U.S. 26
May 22, 2019: New photos
PNWR - Whiteson Dip Trestle (Yamhill County, Oregon)
Timber stringer bridge over Whiteson Dip on Portland & Western Railroad
April 5, 2019: Added
PNWR - Amity Trestle (Yamhill County, Oregon)
Timber trestle over Ash Swale on Portland & Western Railroad
April 5, 2019: Added
PNWR - Chehalem Creek Trestle (Yamhill County, Oregon)
Timber stringer bridge over Chehalem Creek on Portland & Western Railroad
April 5, 2019: Added
PNWR - Hawn Creek Trestle (Yamhill County, Oregon)
Timber stringer bridge over Hawn Creek on Portland & Western Railroad
April 5, 2019: Added
PNWR - Ash Swale Trestle (Yamhill County, Oregon)
Timber trestle over Ash Swale on Portland & Western Railroad
April 5, 2019: Added
PNWR - Ash Swale Trestle (Yamhill County, Oregon)
Timber trestle over Ash Swale on Portland & Western Railroad
April 5, 2019: New photos
PNWR - Whiteson Dip Trestle (Yamhill County, Oregon)
Timber stringer bridge over Whiteson Dip on Portland & Western Railroad
April 4, 2019: New photos

Recent Comments 

Posted November 4, 2020

The historic bridge side of me will be sad to see this old workhorse go, but the bridge inspector side of me will be glad when this death trap is gone.

We have had so many close calls with this truss and it is just a matter of time before a truck takes out those end members and the entire structure ends up in the Umpqua River.

I was hopeful the locals would rally to keep the old bridge as a local attraction, but there was little to no interest.

Unfortunately it will be in the scrap heap soon, even though good times were had by all...

Posted November 2, 2020

Nathan,

The truss details would make me think that is from the Coast Bridge Company of Portland, Oregon just like the through truss. Which would date it in the mid 1910's most likely.

With that said, I have do way of proving this at the moment, it's just a hunch.

I looked through your collection of Carnegie mill marks on historicbridges.org and it doesn't exactly follow any set decade. It does looks exactly like your last "unknown date" stamp which is also on the top plate of a top chord member.

Link to Nathan's Mill Mark Page for those that are interested: https://historicbridges.org/info/brands/index.php

Mike

Posted October 26, 2020

Tony,

I'm glad you took the time to check this bridge out. No picture ever does this truss justice. It really is huge.

I hope you're enjoying your west coast swing!

Mike

Posted October 22, 2020

We found out today that the Henline Creek Bridge was lost in the Beachie Creek Fire on Labor Day. The bridge was owned by the U.S. Forest Service.

While not an overly notable bridge, it certainly was a great example of timber bridge construction used in the forests of the Pacific Northwest.

https://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/2020/10/04/orego...

Posted September 14, 2020

The bridge is still standing as of Saturday.

Fire in Oregon
Posted September 13, 2020

One of our inspectors ventured into the Holiday Farm Fire yesterday. He confirmed that both the Goodpasture and Belknap covered bridges have survived the fires.

http://bridgehunter.com/or/lane/39C123111600001/

http://bridgehunter.com/or/lane/goodpasture/

Posted September 9, 2020

Our last report has this bridge still standing.

Posted June 9, 2020

The Oakland Bridge is now scheduled for replacement with construction beginning in 2022.

This bridge is one of the few remaining small scale deck trusses in Oregon designed under Conde McCullough.

While it is sad to see it go, the replacement will certainly benefit the community of Oakland as the old bridge is single lane controlled by a signal.

Posted June 9, 2020

Mike,

Thanks for getting out there and providing us an update.

It appears that the inspectors should have been out there in May according to the last inspection date.

I'm not overly optimistic that it was addressed since you were there in June. Hopefully someone is planning on getting this repaired. It would be a shame if the truss fell off the abutment and was damaged.

Thanks again,

Mike

Posted June 9, 2020

Finally made it out to Hayden Bridge a month or so ago.

It was really nice being able to walk the deck and take in the details of the old truss.

Nice work getting this bridge open to public, Julie!

RE: US-2 Bridge in Levenworth, WA
Posted May 29, 2020

Brian,

It appears the current bridge was built around 1993 and replaced a concrete deck arch bridge that was built around 1936 according to the National Bridge Inventory (NBI).

http://bridgereports.com/1591457

The link above is the current NBI data for the present bridge.

It appears the arch bridge had a 180' main span and a total length of 373'. The roadway was 24' which is probably why it was replaced as the new bridge has a 47' roadway.

This is all the information I could come up with in a few minutes of looking around. I couldn't come up with a photo of the old bridge.

I hope this information helps in your search for information.

Thanks,

Mike

Posted May 26, 2020

Wow, that is a serious issue with that bearing. I certainly hope it has been addressed by now. I know something like this would certainly trigger a critical finding here in Oregon.

Updated photos from a local would be greatly appreciated by this old bridge inspector.

McCullough Bridge Painting Project
Posted April 15, 2020

Tony,

It looks like the project on McCullough runs until 2022, and it's a paint project so probably a little longer...

I'll be on the Astoria-Megler Bridge next month for a week, if you can get yourself there I'll take you to the top (masks required now).

Take care,

Mike

Posted April 15, 2020

I was doing the inspection of the steel on this bridge last week during the cover of darkness and decided to take advantage of the fact that there is no traffic on the bridge deck at 2:30AM with a super moon lighting the deck...

Posted April 3, 2020

The ownership of this bridge was transferred to a private owner from Grant County around the year 2011.