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Isaac Lee Patterson Bridge


Isaac Lee Patterson Bridge

Photo taken by Michael Goff in April 2011


BH Photo #198128

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Concrete arch bridge over Rogue River on US 101 in Gold Beach
Gold Beach, Curry County, Oregon
Open to traffic
Built 1930-32
- Conde B. McCullough of Redfield, South Dakota (Bridge Engineer)
- Hamilton Construction of Springfield, Oregon (Rehabilitation Contractor)
- Ivan D. Merchant (Construction Inspector)
- Marshall Dresser (Construction Supervisor)
- Mercer-Fraser Co. of Eureka, California (Contractor)
Located near Gold Beach, the bridge consists of seven reinforced concrete deck arches. It was the first structure in the US constructed with the Freyssinet method of arch ring decentering and stress control, named after its French inventor. The American Society of Civil Engineers designated the bridge a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 1982. The success of the bridge led to the widespread use of prestressing techniques in concrete construction. The structure is dedicated to Isaac Lee Patterson, the Oregon governor who promoted its construction.
(ODOT Coastal Bridge Brochure "Spanning Oregon's Coast")
Length of largest span: 230.0 ft.
Total length: 1,898.1 ft.
Deck width: 25.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 5, 2005
Also called
Wedderburn Bridge
Rogue River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.42730, -124.41334   (decimal degrees)
42°25'38" N, 124°24'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/383735/4698188 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Gold Beach
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 05000814 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
OR 01172 (Oregon Dept. of Transportation structure number)
BH 29937 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 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: 37.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 10, 2022: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • October 10, 2021: New photos from Mike Goff
  • October 7, 2021: New photos from Mike Garland
  • June 29, 2020: New photo from Patrick Gurwell
  • May 10, 2018: New photos from Mike Garland
  • April 9, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • October 17, 2014: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • March 9, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Added NRHP date
  • April 28, 2011: New photos from Michael Goff
  • September 27, 2010: New photos from Nathan Holth
  • August 4, 2009: New photos from Michael Goff
  • December 15, 2008: New photos from Michael Goff
  • November 23, 2008: Corrected GPS coordinates
  • August 7, 2008: Updated by Michael Goff
  • July 14, 2008: Updated by Michael Goff
  • June 12, 2008: Updated by Michael Goff
  • June 11, 2008: Updated by Michael Goff

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Isaac Lee Patterson Bridge
Posted July 7, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

One German-to-English run through Google later...

"The official name of this bridge is Patterson Bridge.

Google Maps refer to this bridge as Wedderburn Bridge. Could this be changed on Google Maps?

MfG Haiko from Germany"

And to answer the question - it *might* be possible, albeit probably complicated to actually do. But for here, it'd probably be a waste of time, as there's multiple Wedderburn-named references around, and not just on the bridge.

Another reason I wouldn't recommend even trying it is that, as listed, Wedderburn Bridge is listed among the "also called" names for this - such names have local or else otherwise significant connections to their respective places. Patterson, in contrast, was someone whose name was bestowed upon the bridge in dedication. (Upon checking, he was a governor of the state of Oregon, and as it turns out, he'd just recently died suddenly in office at the time this bridge was built; it was probably under construction at the time. He was also apparently a popular governor, for that matter.)

Isaac Lee Patterson Bridge
Posted July 7, 2019, by Haiko K (Haiko76 [at] yahoo [dot] de)

Der offizielle Name dieser Brücke lautet Patterson Bridge.

Bei Google Maps wird diese Brücke im Verlauf mit Wedderburn Bridge bezeichnet. Könnte man dieses bei Google Maps ändern ?

MfG Haiko aus Deutschland

Isaac Lee Patterson Bridge
Posted May 2, 2011, by Michael Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] odot [dot] state [dot] or [dot] us)

While I agree with you Robert, I just think the lights give the average person another reason to appreciate this magnificent Conde McCullough structure.

The more reasons the public have to appreciate a historic bridge, the better chance the bridge has to be saved when the time comes. Public support saves bridges, not just us bridge preservationist.

Isaac Lee Patterson Bridge
Posted April 29, 2011, by Robert Thompson

Nothing against LED lights, but this bridge doesn't need them to be spectacular!

Isaac Lee Patterson Bridge
Posted April 28, 2011, by Michael Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] odot [dot] state [dot] or [dot] us)

LED lights have been attatched to the arch ribs on the Patterson Bridge, it makes for a pretty cool show when the sun goes down.