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Ponderosa Way Bridge #2


Ponderosa Way South

Photo taken by Craig Philpott in March 2014


BH Photo #279228


Deck truss bridge over North Fork Calaveras River on Ponderosa Way
Calaveras County, California
Closed. Deck was destroyed by Butte Fire in 2015. Truss remains intact.
Built 1935; Deck destroyed by fire 2015
Deck Truss
Length of largest span: 75.1 ft.
Total length: 169.0 ft.
Deck width: 12.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.31668, -120.60188   (decimal degrees)
38°19'00" N, 120°36'07" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/709654/4243673 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Rail Road Flat
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
Inventory numbers
CA 30F-2 (California bridge number)
BH 10837 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2015)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 27.7 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • May 3, 2016: New photo from Erik Hoffman
  • January 26, 2016: Updated by Erik Hoffman: Added category "Savable"
  • January 25, 2016: Updated by Ben Tate: Updated status
  • June 16, 2015: Updated by Erik Hoffman: Fixed typo in name.
  • March 10, 2014: New photos from Craig Philpott
  • June 5, 2013: Updated by Craig Philpott: corrected design
  • November 26, 2011: Updated by Craig Philpott: corrected location


  • Craig Philpott - craigphilpott63 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Erik Hoffman - norcalroadswebsite [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com


Ponderosa Way Bridge #2
Posted June 11, 2016, by Anonymous

It's amazing that the truss and stringers are intact! I imagined that the truss would have collapsed due to the heat of that fire. They're perfectly intact!

Ponderosa Way Bridge #2
Posted January 26, 2016, by Erik Hoffman (edh4801 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks for the update, Brendan.

Ponderosa Way Bridge #2
Posted January 25, 2016, by Brendan Raymundo (BRaymundo [at] gmail [dot] com)

Confirmed bridge is destroyed. Medium clearance with 4wd can make it through ravine, water flow dependant. Not sure I'd do it in a non-emergency situation, though.

Ponderosa Way Bridge #2
Posted September 22, 2015, by Erik Hoffman

This bridge may have been destroyed by Butte Fire! Info needed!

Ponderosa Way Bridge
Posted March 10, 2014, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

Dirt Road approaches best requiring high clearance vehicle.