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Stevenson's Bridge


Stevenson Bridge

Looking south.

Photo taken by Craig Philpott in August 2009


BH Photo #145773

Street View 


Rainbow arch bridge over Putah Creek on Stevenson Bridge Road.
Solano County, California, and Yolo County, California
Open to traffic
Built 1923. Often called the Graffiti Bridge due to the graffiti covering the structure; this tradition was started by a Dixon High School student who painted his name on the bridge in gold letters at his graduation in 1963.
Concrete through arch
Length of largest span: 107.9 ft.
Total length: 297.9 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.1 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
The Graffiti Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.53694, -121.85083   (decimal degrees)
38°32'13" N, 121°51'03" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/600155/4266018 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
90 ft. above sea level
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
Inventory numbers
CA 23C-92 (California bridge number)
BH 11595 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 48.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • March 8, 2020: Updated by Everett Watterson: Added date of first graffiti
  • February 19, 2018: New photo from Mark Noyes
  • October 8, 2015: Updated by Erik Hoffman: Addressed punctuation issue in name of road
  • May 20, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: To be retrofitted.
  • March 8, 2010: Updated by Craig Philpott: Added Street view
  • August 30, 2009: Updated by Craig Philpott: Added second county and elevation


  • Craig Philpott - craigphilpott63 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth
  • Erik Hoffman - norcalroadswebsite [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Mark Noyes - kin2all [at] yahoo [dot] com


Stevenson Bridge
Posted December 25, 2017, by Dave Wade (dmwade55 [at] gmail [dot] com)

While I'm not a big fan of graffitti, this particular bridge has a long and rich tradition of it. I don't know how it started, but its near a college town and also on a popular cycling route. I think I have a recent photo and will upload it when I find it.

Stevenson Bridge
Posted April 24, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I use the term "criminal" to describe people who spray paint graffiti on bridges.

Stevenson Bridge
Posted April 24, 2012, by Matthew Hart

I thought the preferred term was "bridge scholars" ?

Stevenson Bridge
Posted April 24, 2012, by Bridge Geek

It is okay. We call each other bridge geeks even though the preferred term is pontist.

Stevenson Bridge
Posted April 23, 2012, by Moron (artist)

We prefer the term "overpass artists" when an outsider is addressing us. (It's only okay when we call each other "moron;" when you say it, it's offensive.)

Stevenson Bridge
Posted August 31, 2009, by Todd D. Walker (mrwalk08 [at] aol [dot] com)

Start with a couple cans of spraypaint, add a group of morons, what to you get? Utter disregard to a structure that took time and care to design and create.