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Big Creek Bridge


PCH Big Creek Bridge

Photo taken by C Hanchey in August 2008


BH Photo #134972

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Big Creek Bridge by drone

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Concrete arch bridge over Big Creek on CA 1
Monterey County, California
Open to traffic
Built 1938
- C.O. Sparks (Contractor)
- Christian T. Gutleben
- I.T. Johnson (Resident Engineer)
- Mundo Engineering Co. (Contractor)
Open-spandrel concrete arch, with cantilevered end arches.
Length of largest span: 178.2 ft.
Total length: 588.9 ft.
Deck width: 23.6 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.07000, -121.59833   (decimal degrees)
36°04'12" N, 121°35'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/626221/3992621 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lopez Point
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
Inventory numbers
CA 44-56 (California bridge number)
BH 11165 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 48 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • February 7, 2018: New video from Craig Philpott
  • January 16, 2011: New photos from Craig Philpott
  • April 23, 2010: New Street View added by Craig Philpott
  • March 30, 2010: Updated by Craig Philpott: added engineer
  • March 6, 2009: New photos from C Hanchey



Big Creek Bridge
Posted October 28, 2019, by Kate (scottkatee [at] gmail [dot] com)

This article from the California Highways and Public Works journal provides some pretty interesting engineering info.

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Big Creek Bridge
Posted January 16, 2011, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The fact that the ends of the half arch do not meet the abutment is quite odd. Loads must be transferred up to the stringer and horizontally to the abutment wall.

You have posted photos of some of the most famously beautiful bridges in this country. Here in the Midwest we see films shot on these locations and wish we could see more of the bridges. Very nice work.

Big Creek Bridge engineering
Posted January 16, 2011, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

Interesting engineering and design. The approach arch on each end of the bridge is actually an unsupported or cantilevered half arch. I would be much interested in more information or discussion of this detail.