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Yolo Causeway Bridge


Yolo Causeway Bridge

California Drawbridges (Bernard C. Winn)

Photo taken by Douglas Butler in April 2013


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BH Photo #286083



This Bridge was the only drawbridge built over dry land. It was built over the yolo bypass a area of lowland witch is farmed in the summer and flooded in the winter. The two bauscle spans were build for passage of dredges in case of a emergency though built over dry land when it was flooded it was opened two times for passage of vessels it was replaced by The present yolo causeway was built in 1962.

"California Drawbridges" Bernard C. Winn


Deck plate girder bascule bridge over Sacramento River on Lincoln Highway
Sacramento, Yolo County, California
Built 1916; Replaced 1962
- California Highway Commission
Deck plate girder bascule
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.56375, -121.63724   (decimal degrees)
38°33'49" N, 121°38'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/618727/4269247 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 61479 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 18, 2018: Updated by Leslie R Trick: Added info to description.
  • April 3, 2018: Updated by Andy Peters: removes Sacramento County as it was only located in Yolo County
  • February 24, 2018: New photos from Leslie R trick
  • December 30, 2017: Updated by Luke: Corrected GPS per forum comment
  • January 29, 2016: Updated by Luke: Merged image, added build date and categopries, removed streetview of 1960s replacement
  • June 22, 2014: Added by Douglas Butler



Yolo Causeway Bridge
Posted December 30, 2017, by Michael Larson (mikel [at] RangerBlue [dot] com)

Some items on this page appear to be incorrect or to be referring to a different bridge or location. Items of concern are the location of the Yolo Causeway Bridge, and latitude and longitude designations. Rather than as indicated on the map the Yolo Causeway Bridge begins at the western end of West Sacramento and extends westward to Chiles Rd. carrying Highway 80 (The Lincoln Highway, The Dwight D. Eisenhower Highway) over the Yolo Bypass, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yolo_Bypass. It does not go “over [the] Sacramento River."  The photo of the 1920s postcard does show the Yolo Causeway with its bascule bridge. The newer causeway no longer contains the bascule bridge.

The posted longitude and latitude point to a highway bridge that crosses the Sacramento Deep Water Ship Channel. That bridge is not a bascule bridge. The north bound portion of Jefferson Blvd. to the east of that location does include a draw bridge. It could be a bascule bridge. The William B. Stone lock to the east of this bridge, as well as the bridge itself, are no longer functional as lock or moving bridge. The north bound portion of Jefferson Blvd. also contains a single railroad track.