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Napa River Bridge


New Maxwell bridge

Replacement bridge over Napa River, replacing vertical lift bridge, 2005. Looking NW.

Photo taken by Craig Philpott in August 2009


BH Photo #145617


Pictures during removal of original bridge 

Submitted by Craig Philpott



Vertical lift bridge over Napa River on CA 121 in Napa
Napa, Napa County, California
Replaced by new "Maxwell Bridge", 2005
Built 1949; rehabilitated 1977, replaced 2005
Original bridge, Vertical lift, replacement bridge concrete
Length of largest span: 131.9 ft.
Total length: 414.1 ft.
Deck width: 29.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.0 ft.
Also called
Maxwell Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.28111, -122.28667   (decimal degrees)
38°16'52" N, 122°17'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/562389/4237246 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
CA 21-75 (California bridge number)
BH 11205 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 5, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • December 23, 2013: New photos from Craig Philpott
  • September 19, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • December 24, 2010: New Street View added by Daniel Hopkins
  • December 23, 2010: New photo from Craig Philpott
  • August 27, 2009: Updated by Craig Philpott: added name, Maxwell Bridge
  • August 23, 2009: New photos from Craig Philpott
  • August 22, 2009: Essay added by Craig Philpott
  • August 7, 2009: Updated by Craig Philpott: Bridge replaced 2005


  • Craig Philpott - craigphilpott63 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Daniel Hopkins - chimera [at] clovermail [dot] net
  • Douglas Butler


Napa River Bridge
Posted April 3, 2017, by David (cooneydavid58 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

What happened to the old maxwell bridge? I heard rumors it went to Oregon?

Napa River Bridge
Posted August 29, 2011, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

Douglas, thanks for the comment. What I would like to find are old pictures of this bridge. I drove across it so many times as a kid but I have no pictures. If you know of any I would be very interested.

Napa River Bridge
Posted August 29, 2011, by Douglas Butler (drawbridges [at] lycos [dot] com)


How are you? Im Douglas Butler, the picture looks good of a lift bridge drawings and it is the exact lift bridge that shows the previous bridge before it was replaced. Thumbs up thanks.


Douglas Butler.