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Archie Stevenot Memorial Bridge


Archie Stevenot Memorial Bridge

Oblique view

Photo taken by Eric Sakowski at HighestBridges.com in November 2009


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BH Photo #470790

Street Views 


One of two high-level bridges across New Melones Reservoir. Although both bridges feature a modern prestressed concrete box girder construction, both bridges are notable as two of the highest bridges in the United States.

The other nearby bridge is the Parrott's Ferry Bridge.


Concrete segemental box girder bridge over Stanislaus River (New Melones Reservoir) on Golden Chain Highway (CA 49)
Melones, Tuolumne County, California, and Calaveras County, California
Open to traffic
Built 1976
Concrete segmental box girder
Length of largest span: 550.0 ft.
Total length: 2,250.1 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Deck width: 40.0 ft.
Also called
Route 49 Stanislaus River Bridge
New Melones Reservoir Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.00400, -120.49982   (decimal degrees)
38°00'14" N, 120°29'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/719514/4209209 (zone/easting/northing)
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
Inventory numbers
CA 32-40 (California bridge number)
BH 89093 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 70 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • September 24, 2022: New Street View added by Paul Plassman
  • April 23, 2020: New photos from Nick Boppel



Archie Stevenot Memorial Bridge
Posted September 23, 2022, by Charles Cohen (ccohen18 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Definitely not a concrete bridge. The support columns are concrete, but the span is box-section welded steel. Really large box sections. They added boxes from opposite sides, finally meeting over the center of the canyon. At the time there was no lake below, so the span was over 400 above the river bed. Dizzyingly high! I imagine at the time one of the highest bridges in the US.