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CBR - Coos Bay Bridge


Coos Bay Railroad Bridge

From the McCullough Bridge

Photo taken by Michael Goff in August 2010


BH Photo #175566

Street Views 


Port re opens coos bay rail bridge

Port of coos bay

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The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay believes it can have a swing-span bridge on its rail line back to normal operation by the end of April 2019.

That will come too late to save a Georgia-Pacific lumber mill, the closing of which was announced earlier that month in part due to interruption of direct service. But the port says itís working to bring a potential customer on once the bridge reopens.

The bridge has been stuck in the open position since mid-April 2018. When the mechanism failed, the bridge had to be pushed back so that marine traffic could pass. That, however, left rail customers south of the Coos Bay channel stranded. The port operates the line for another 17 miles south of Coos Bay to Coquille.

Port spokeswoman Fiona Bai said as much as $5 million will be spent to repair the 100-year-old bridge including installing jacking and shoring systems and installing an auxiliary drive motor to help turn the bridge.



Swing through truss bridge over Coos Bay on the Coos Bay Rail Link (CBR) in North Bend
North Bend, Coos County, Oregon
Open to traffic
Future prospects
The Coos Bay rail line closed in September 2007. The Port of Coos Bay purchased the line and after structure and tunnel work reopened the line to the North Spit area north of North Bend in 2011 as the Coos Bay Rail Link.
Built 1914
- American Bridge Co. of New York (Steel Fabricator)
- Coos Bay Rail Link (CBR)
- Southern Pacific Railroad (SP)
The Coos Bay bridge includes two timber approaches. The north approach is 315 feet and the south approach is 555 feet. In between are 12 steel trusses totaling 2,168 feet, with the mammoth swing span adding another 458 feet in total bridge length.
(Railway Track and Structures, Sept, 2004)
Length of largest span: 458.0 ft.
Total length: 3,055.0 ft. (0.6 mi.)
Also called
Coos Bay Railroad Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.42679, -124.23589   (decimal degrees)
43°25'36" N, 124°14'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/399964/4808952 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
North Bend
Inventory number
BH 46015 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 3, 2021: New photos from Mike Garland
  • April 23, 2019: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Bridge being restored to movable operation
  • March 11, 2018: New Street View added by Leslie R trick
  • January 12, 2018: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • January 12, 2018: New video from Leslie R trick
  • November 4, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • October 13, 2014: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • March 8, 2013: Updated by James Baughn: Bridge is open to rail traffic
  • November 21, 2011: New photos from Michael Goff
  • February 17, 2011: New Street View added by Michael Goff
  • August 31, 2010: Added by Michael Goff


  • Mike Goff - michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • International Port of Coos Bay - Rail Line Acquisition & Rehabilitation
  • International Port of Coos Bay - Coos Bay Railroad Bridge - Phase II Rehabilitation
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • Douglas Butler
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Leslie R Trick - Leslie [dot] Trick [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • Mike Garland - Rapier342 [at] comcast [dot] net


C.O.R.P. - Coos Bay Bridge
Posted October 15, 2010, by Todd (todd_ken [at] msn [dot] com)

10/2010: Update information regarding this bridge. The bridge has since been purchased by the Port of Coos Bay as well as a large portion of the former CORP/former Southern Pacific Railroad line from Coos Bay to Eugene. The bridge is open and the Port of Coos Bay is reporting that the line will be reopened in the next several months. It should be noted that many souces have stated that this is the largest swing span bridge that is still in operation in North America.