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Arroyo Quemado Bridge


Arroyo Quemado Bridge

looking northeast

Photo from CT Transportation Library

License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)

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BH Photo #484599

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Clarification on Arroyo Quemado vs. Arroyo Hondo 

Written by Ian Bowen

The Arroyo Hondo bridge is closed to vehicular traffic but is open to pedestrians.

The Arroyo Quemado bridge, of similar age and appearance and located just east of Arroyo Hondo, remains open to traffic, carrying the southbound lanes of the US 101 freeway. As the barriers on either side of the traffic lanes have been changed, the age of the bridge is not immediately apparent to traffic passing over it. Its substructure, however, is visible from the northbound lanes of US 101.


Concrete arch bridge over Arroyo Quemado on US 101
Santa Barbara County, California
Open to traffic
Built 1917
- Mayberry & Parker
Concrete open spandrel deck arch.
Length of largest span: 108.9 ft.
Total length: 340.9 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.47167, -120.11833   (decimal degrees)
34°28'18" N, 120°07'06" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/764676/3818224 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
Inventory numbers
CA 51-28L (California bridge number)
BH 11478 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2017)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 74.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • October 21, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • July 24, 2013: Essay added by Ian Bowen
  • November 22, 2011: Updated by Craig Philpott: refined design
  • October 31, 2010: New Street View added by Craig Philpott


  • Craig Philpott - craigphilpott63 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Ian Bowen - historichighways [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Geoff Hubbs


Arroyo Quemado Bridge
Posted December 13, 2009, by Ed (erhollowell [at] netscape [dot] net)

A second comment. Seth is the one who has the Arroyo Honda bridge confused with Arroyo Honda. The bridge at Arroyo Quemado is on El Camino Real which was likely the old alignment of 101. In this area the bridge worth listing here is the Arroyo Honda Bridge.

Arroyo Quemado Bridge
Posted December 13, 2009, by Ed (erhollowell [at] netscape [dot] net)

I think you are off on a few things here. I don't believe there is a bridge at Arroyo Quemado. I think you have this confused with the rather exceptional bridge at the Arroyo Honda which is about 1.25 miles north on highway 101. It is a concrete arch bridge approx. 550 ft long. It was closed to vehicular traffic in the 1980's but is good for pedestrian traffic. Many good photos on Panoramio and good view on Google Earth. Right next to it is a railroad trestle I have heard the trestle refereed to as the Tajiguas Railroad Trestle.

Arroyo Quemado Bridge
Posted June 29, 2009, by Seth Gaines (sethgaines [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is abandoned, and the old right of way is now a parking lot for surfers. The marker on the map is too far east.