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Eel River Bridge


Eel River Bridge N of Rio Dell

Looking South

Photo taken by Craig Philpott in December 2009


BH Photo #150677

Street View 


Through truss bridge over Eel River on US 101 in Rio Dell
Humboldt County, California
Open to traffic
Built 1941; rehabilitated 1989
K type Pratt Through truss
Length of largest span: 304.1 ft.
Total length: 1,643.1 ft.
Deck width: 25.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.5 ft.
Also called
Robinson Ferry Bridge
The Scotia Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.50967, -124.12001   (decimal degrees)
40°30'35" N, 124°07'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/405110/4484931 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
Inventory numbers
CA 4-16R (California bridge number)
CA 04-16R (California bridge number)
BH 10899 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 58.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • September 12, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Painted Seafoam Green"
  • June 19, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Painted green"
  • July 3, 2011: New Street View added by Craig Philpott
  • May 10, 2010: New photos from Craig Philpott
  • March 9, 2010: Updated by Craig Philpott: added street view
  • February 17, 2010: Updated by Craig Philpott: Corrected design description
  • December 15, 2009: New photos from Craig Philpott

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Posted October 29, 2022, by Brandon Cooper

An unusual Pratt truss and it looks similar to the Fleisher Bridge that crossed the Eel River near Stafford, CA.

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Posted September 23, 2015, by Polly Petersen (PollyP [at] gmail [dot] com)

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Posted March 7, 2010, by Anonymous

This bridge collapsed in the floods of 1964 and 1986. There was a third arch to this bridge which was hed away in the flood of 1964. It was replaced with the skyway portion seen above.