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Scottsburg Bridge


Scottsburg Bridge

Photo taken by Michael Goff on August 2, 2009


BH Photo #144161


Street Views 


Continuous Warren through truss bridge over Umpqua River on OR 38
Douglas County, Oregon
Open to traffic
Future prospects
ODOT is designing a replacement bridge that meets modern standards. The new bridge will be constructed just downstream of the existing structure, allowing the old bridge to carry highway traffic while construction is underway. Due to the cost of maintaining two structures, the old bridge will be removed after the new one is opened.
Built 1929
- Clackamas Construction Co. of Clackamas, Oregon (Contractor)
- Conde B. McCullough of Redfield, South Dakota (Bridge Engineer)
Continuous Warren through truss
Length of largest span: 237.0 ft.
Total length: 842.9 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.0 ft.
Also called
Umpqua River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.65450, -123.82466   (decimal degrees)
43°39'16" N, 123°49'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/433501/4833830 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
OR 01318 (Oregon Dept. of Transportation structure number)
BH 29964 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 36.5 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • May 14, 2012: New photo from Mike Goff
  • November 8, 2010: New photos from Michael Goff
  • April 20, 2010: New Street View added by Michael Goff
  • August 4, 2009: New photos from Michael Goff
  • June 19, 2008: Updated by Michael Goff

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Scottsburg Bridge
Posted November 4, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I agree this is a bridge for which preservation for pedestrian use would have been an outstanding outcome! We are increasingly seeing incidents of historic truss bridges destroyed across the country by trucks, so preservation for pedestrian use is increasingly the best option for the long term wellbeing of the historic bridges.

I am always deeply disappointed when a historic bridge is NOT in the way of its replacement yet it is still demolished. This represents both a needless destruction of history and a poor use of taxpayer dollars. A central problem in a large number of states is a refusal of a DOT to allow a bridge to be left standing next to its replacement unless a third party takes ownership of the bridge. Some states even have indicated they have rules/regulations that do not allow them to continue to own the bridge. Until this changes we will continue to see a demolition of bridges that are not in the way of anything.

Scottsburg Bridge
Posted November 4, 2020, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The historic bridge side of me will be sad to see this old workhorse go, but the bridge inspector side of me will be glad when this death trap is gone.

We have had so many close calls with this truss and it is just a matter of time before a truck takes out those end members and the entire structure ends up in the Umpqua River.

I was hopeful the locals would rally to keep the old bridge as a local attraction, but there was little to no interest.

Unfortunately it will be in the scrap heap soon, even though good times were had by all...

Scottsburg Bridge
Posted November 2, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Crossed this old beauty during my trip to Oregon a couple weeks ago. The replacement bridge is well underway but the old bridge, battered and bruised as she is, continues to handle the heavy load of traffic. It will be a shame to see her go!

Scottsburg Bridge
Posted April 17, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Looks like they were able to heat straighten the end post back and lower chord into position.


Scottsburg Bridge
Posted April 14, 2017, by Ray from KOL
Scottsburg Bridge
Posted September 20, 2014, by K. A. Erickson

Article here >.>


Recap. Semi hits section of bridge. Driver cited. Oregon DOT does bridge inspection. Good to go.

Scottsburg Bridge
Posted September 20, 2014, by Ralph Demars (rdemars1 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

What happened?

Scottsburg Bridge
Posted September 18, 2014, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Scottsburg Bridge took a lickin and kept on ticking today!

Scottsburg Bridge
Posted May 28, 2013, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I know this bridge quite well Barb. The large timbers at the portals are not structural members at all. They were placed there to protect against such events that happened in Washington State.

The timbers are there simply to protect and provide a cushion against collision damage. The timbers allow for some give and are easy to replace. Whereas the steel if it received repeated damage would be very difficult to replace.

Scottsburg Bridge
Posted May 25, 2013, by Barb (odegard [at] siskiyous [dot] edu)

I cross this bridge often. Has any one noticed how the truss on the face of the northwest corner has been spliced with a wooden beam painted green? Look for the strapping that splints the wooden beam to the original iron truss. :-)

Scottsburg Bridge
Posted September 4, 2010, by J.P.


Scottsburg Bridge
Posted September 4, 2010, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

J.P., I know that was just a typo (Lord knows, I place plenty of typos myslef) but when I read that, I instantly had an image of this movie poster in my mind, only wearing a bridal gown. (Where's Darryl Hannah when you need her?)

Scottsburg Bridge
Posted September 3, 2010, by J.P.

I will have to admit i really like the railing on top of the bridge. Makes the bride look awesome, and like its going to eat your car.

Scottsburg Bridge
Posted September 1, 2010, by Kenneth Cole (kac459 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The Scottsburg Bridge is obsolete and dangerously narrow for the truck and RV traffic it carries. Many large trucks are forced to cross the centerline at the abutments due to the severe approach angle. Has ODOT begun the process of replacing this bridge? Where is it in that process?

Thank you.