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Holmes-Larabee Low Water Crossing


Holmes Flat Rd Low Water Crossing

Holmes Flat Rd Low Water Crossing

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BH Photo #484654

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The low-water crossing was built in 1937 and acquired by the County in 1959. The bridge spans about half of the typical river channel and each spring the county grades approaches across the gravel bar to allow for summertime use. In 2013, the low-water crossing was closed by Caltrans to all traffic due to structural inadequacy. In 2014, Humboldt County borrowed a Bailey Bridge from Mendocino County to provide an alternate downstream low-water crossing. In summer 2016, the County completed a repair project so that the low-water crossing/bridge can be utilized while the new all-season bridge project was being developed. Milestones* 2018 Project Development (Phase I) 2021 Final Project Design Begins (Phase II) 2023 Construction Begins (Phase III) 2025 Construction Complete


Timber stringer bridge over Eel River on Holmes Flat Road
Humboldt County, California
Open to traffic
Built 1937; Acquired by County 1959; rehabilitated 1999; closed by CalTrans; borrowed Bailey Bridge in place 2014; low-water crossing/bridge repair project completed 2016
Timber stringer low water crossing
Length of largest span: 82.0 ft.
Total length: 89.9 ft.
Deck width: 12.1 ft.
Also called
Holmes Flat Road Bridge
Eel River Low-Level Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.41677, -123.93513   (decimal degrees)
40°25'00" N, 123°56'06" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/420664/4474436 (zone/easting/northing)
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
Inventory numbers
CA 04C-252 (California bridge number)
BH 89996 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 44.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • October 22, 2020: New photo from Doug K
  • August 25, 2020: New Street View added by Clark Vance
  • July 20, 2020: Added by Nick Boppel



Holmes-Larabee Low Water Crossing
Posted August 23, 2020, by DougK (dougbcnu [at] gmail [dot] com)

No eyeballs on bridge, but hopefully helpful info.

See Google Maps StreetView:


Street view dated May 2012

2 "Road Closed" signs in place. View of bridge shows a section apparently missing. Aerial/sat view appears to confirm this.

However, Google still routes across bridge.

Note: Traffic accident on bridge on Sept 30, 2018 (though shown as "Larabee Ranch Rd").


Note: CalTrans document noting "2014-15 Federal Funded Projects Lapsing on June 30, 2020"