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Garrapata Creek Bridge


PCH Garrapata Creek Bridge

Photo taken by C Hanchey in August 2008


BH Photo #134973

Street View 


The Garrapata Creek Bridge (44 0018) is a reinforced-concrete, open-spandrel, fixed, parabolic-arch bridge with a single, two-ribbed arch span measuring 151 feet long. The bridge features a decorative cantilevered walkway and reinforced-concrete railings in an arched-window design. Most importantly, Garrapata Creek Bridge is one of seven similar bridges along State Route 1 known as the Big Sur Arches. The Big Sur Arches are famous for their thick and heavily inflected piers and thin arch rings and spandrel columns. The Big Sur Arches have been hailed as "the most beautiful public works projects in the United States."


Concrete arch bridge over Garrapata Creek on CA 1
Monterey County, California
Open to traffic
Built 1931
Open-spandrel concrete arch
Length of largest span: 149.9 ft.
Total length: 285.4 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.41738, -121.91381   (decimal degrees)
36°25'03" N, 121°54'50" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/597378/4030791 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Soberanes Point
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
Inventory numbers
CA 44-18 (California bridge number)
BH 11171 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 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: 48.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • December 1, 2014: New photo from Dallam Oliver-Lee
  • September 7, 2014: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • January 22, 2011: Updated by Craig Philpott: corrected location
  • January 16, 2011: New photos from Craig Philpott
  • December 16, 2010: New Street View added by Craig Philpott
  • March 6, 2009: New photos from C Hanchey


  • C Hanchey - cmh2315fl [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Craig Philpott - craigphilpott63 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Dallam Oliver-Lee


Garrapata Creek Bridge
Posted October 29, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This bridge is slated to have its railings replaced from Fall of 2023 through Fall of 2024. They also want to eventually replaced railings on other arch bridges on this road but for now its just this one.: