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Howell's Bridge


Howell's Bridge Hwy 70

Looking NE

Photo taken by Craig Philpott in March 2010


BH Photo #157267

Street View 


Steel through arch bridge over North Fork Feather River on CA 70 in Belden
Plumas County, California
Open to traffic
Built 1934; rehabilitated in 2002
Steel through arch
Length of largest span: 129.9 ft.
Total length: 134.8 ft.
Deck width: 27.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.3 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.01420, -121.22580   (decimal degrees)
40°00'51" N, 121°13'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/651417/4430840 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
2277 ft. above sea level
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
Inventory numbers
CA 9-9 (California bridge number)
CA 09-9 (California bridge number)
BH 11273 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 63.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • November 7, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • April 11, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • March 8, 2010: Updated by Ed Hollowell: Changed Vertical height from 13.3' to 15.3 to match sign in photos.
  • March 8, 2010: Updated by Craig Philpott: Added streetview
  • March 6, 2010: Updated by Craig Philpott: Added photos


  • Craig Philpott - craigphilpott63 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Ed Hollowell - erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com
  • Richard Doody
  • Geoff Hubbs


Howell's Bridge
Posted March 9, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

If a bridge is in a climate (or on a road) that sees very little deicing salt, it is going to face less potential for deterioration. However regardless of all other factors, the single most important factor with a steel bridge is to keep the paint on the bridge. Looks like this rule has been followed here.

Howell's Bridge
Posted March 8, 2010, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

What a neat bridge! It is interesting to find a bridge of this age and of these dimensions that is in such fine condition. I have to wonder why? Climate, design or just good care? Maybe the inspector is just a fan of this unique bridge?