2 votes

Whitewater Bridge


Whitewater Bridge

Photo taken by Michael Goff in June 2011


BH Photo #217913


Street Views 


Parker through truss bridge over Clackamas River on OR 224
Clackamas County, Oregon
Open to traffic
Built 1948
- Fred L. Klein (Senior Bridge Engineer)
- Henry R. Angwin (Principal Highway Bridge Engineer)
Riveted Parker through truss
Length of largest span: 240.0 ft.
Total length: 276.9 ft.
Deck width: 26.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.2 ft.
Also called
OR-224 Bridge #4
Clackamas River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+45.12579, -122.07825   (decimal degrees)
45°07'33" N, 122°04'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/572488/4997337 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Three Lynx
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
OR 08991 (Oregon Dept. of Transportation structure number)
BH 29862 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 58.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • June 10, 2015: New photos from Mike Garland
  • April 4, 2013: New Street View added by Mike Goff
  • June 15, 2009: New photos from Michael Goff
  • April 23, 2009: Updated by Michael Goff: Updated Dimensions and GPS coordinates

Related Bridges 


  • Mike Goff - michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Mike Garland - Rapier342 [at] comcast [dot] net


Whitewater Bridge
Posted March 21, 2014, by K. A. Erickson

From experience I can say that if the plaque still exists it will be located on the curb near the portal/approach. It will likely not stand out on first glance.

Whitewater Bridge
Posted March 21, 2014, by greg (gjewers [at] excite [dot] com)

I understand all that you guys are saying. However, the Whitewater Bridge in particular, shows a Forest Service name plate in one of the photos. Not sure where this photo is really from as I did not see any bolt holes on the bridge at that location if it had been removed. Just a little mystery...

(Was trying to upload photo but the whole file went instead. The photo is on the Whitewater page.)

Attachment #1 (text/html; 56,348 bytes)

Whitewater Bridge
Posted March 20, 2014, by CANALLER


I think your message was meant for Nathan. I wasn't criticizing parks employees, as a very good friend is one. I was trying to remind Nathan of that fact so he didn't say anything too controversial.

I also wasn't the one who made the inquiry you referred to. I live 3000 miles from Oregon, so I couldn't question anything you say about the area.



Whitewater Bridge
Posted March 20, 2014, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)


These bridges are named per the common names used by the Oregon Department of Transportation either on bridge inspection reports of directly from the plans produced by the Bureau of Public Roads in 1946 (SEE ATTACHED).

None of the bridges on the upper Clackamas River posted on this site are owned or maintained by any parks service. This would make your claim that the parks personnel know nothing about the bridges understandable since these are my no means landmark structures.

Most of these bridges are owned by ODOT or the Mt. Hood National Forest. All of them started as forest service property before ODOT took control of the highway in 1961.

Thanks for your inquiry,


Whitewater Bridge
Posted March 19, 2014, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

"CANALLER" Give it a rest, you know what I am talking about... not the engineers that work in the background, but the people who interact with park visitors... toll collectors, visitor centers, etc. And all stereotypes have exceptions.

Whitewater Bridge
Posted March 19, 2014, by CANALLER


Before you go saying to many negative things about state employees, you do realize that one of the most knowledgeable contributors to both this site and your's is a PARK ENGINEER?

Whitewater Bridge
Posted March 19, 2014, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

As far as I can tell, the photos match up with the location shown on the map... which can be confirmed with Google Street View and satelite images. I hate to be stereotypical, but in my experience, nobody knows less about bridges than someone who works at a park. When I visited Watkins Glen Park in New York State and asked for directions to a nationally significant historic bridge in the they had no clue what I was talking about. http://www.historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowse...

Whitewater Bridge
Posted March 19, 2014, by greg (gjewers [at] excite [dot] com)


I was visiting the Clackamas River area . I was asking the local Forest Service employees about the Whitewater Bridge. No one had ever heard of it. Could it actually be in a different area? None of the bridges in the area are identified as such as shown in the photos with the name plate of the bridge. Thanks.