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Umpqua River Bridge


Umpqua River Bridge

Photo taken by Michael Goff in September 2011


BH Photo #218194

Street Views 


75th anniversary and official dedication of the Umpqua river bridge

The mom

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Swing bridge over Umpqua River on US 101 in Reedsport
Reedsport, Douglas County, Oregon
Open to traffic
Built 1936
- Conde B. McCullough of Redfield, South Dakota (Bridge Engineer)
- Dexter R. Smith (Construction Supervisor)
- Teufel & Carlson (Contractor)
Central swing span with a pair of tied concrete arch spans on each side.
Length of largest span: 430.0 ft.
Total length: 2,206.1 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Deck width: 27.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.4 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 5, 2005
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.70962, -124.10091   (decimal degrees)
43°42'35" N, 124°06'03" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/411306/4840210 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
OR 01822 (Oregon Dept. of Transportation structure number)
NRHP 05000815 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 29965 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 15.6 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 10, 2022: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • April 29, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • September 2, 2021: New photos from Mike Garland
  • June 29, 2020: New photo from Patrick Gurwell
  • January 12, 2018: New video from Leslie R trick
  • October 20, 2014: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • March 9, 2014: Photos imported by Dave King
  • August 26, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • October 19, 2011: New photos from Michael Goff
  • April 20, 2010: New Street View added by Michael Goff
  • April 13, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • April 13, 2010: New photos from Michael Goff
  • August 4, 2009: New photos from Michael Goff
  • April 19, 2009: Posted HAER photos
  • September 22, 2008: New photo from Michael Goff
  • July 29, 2008: Updated by Michael Goff
  • June 19, 2008: Updated by Michael Goff
  • June 12, 2008: Updated by Michael Goff

Related Bridges 


  • Mike Goff - michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Historic Highway Bridges of Oregon - Dwight A. Smith, James B. Norman & Pieter T. Dykman, Oregon Historical Society Press, 1989
  • HAER OR-45 - Umpqua River Bridge, Spanning Umpqua River at Oregon Coast Highway, Reedsport, Klamath County, OR
  • Nathan Holth
  • Elegant Arches, Soaring Spans - Robert W. Hadlow, Oregon State University Press, 2001
  • Bridges of the Oregon Coast - Ray Bottenberg, Arcadia Publishing, 2006
  • Wikipedia - Umpqua River Bridge
  • Douglas Butler
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Leslie R Trick - Leslie [dot] Trick [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Patrick Gurwell - pgurwell [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Mike Garland - Rapier342 [at] comcast [dot] net
  • Geoff Hubbs


Umpqua River Bridge
Posted January 12, 2018, by Leslie R Trick

Wow his bridges are amazing I am now looking forward to Spain!

Umpqua River Bridge
Posted January 12, 2018, by Dana

Leslie thanks for adding video. Also fond of Santiago bridges.Bridgehunter may be expanding internationally so look forward to SPAIN!


Umpqua River Bridge
Posted January 12, 2018, by Leslie R trick

I do agree with you this is in my opinion the most beautiful swing span in the nation Conde McCullough was an amazing engineer you will never find another one like him.

Umpqua River Bridge
Posted January 10, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

Leslie, Swing span is becoming rare, but is a mundane artifact in the shadow of Conde B. McCullough approach spans. This is an amazing bridge!

Umpqua River Bridge
Posted January 10, 2018, by Leslie Trick (Leslie [dot] Trick [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is the remaining operating swing span in Oregon their used to be more, but most of them have ben replaced by UCEBs

though some were in serious condition, their were broken promises in historic "Oregon Sate Highway Bridges" ODOT planned to keep the Coquille river bridge for a pedestrian bridge but they tore it down that is why this bridge is so important.

Umpqua River Bridge
Posted October 19, 2011, by Michael Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] odot [dot] state [dot] or [dot] us)

I added a series of photos that I took while at work waiting for repairs to be completed on the bridge after a high loaded truck hit the bridge.

I took photos 13-16 during the test opening after the repairs were completed. It is quite an experience riding one of these massive movable bridges while they are in action. Photos 17-21 are looking at some of the swing components and inside the central pier.

This just proves never leave your camera at home, something amazing might happen.

Umpqua River Bridge
Posted September 21, 2008, by Art Kelly (art [dot] kelly [at] earthlink [dot] net)

Just finished a trip down the PCH. A pretty good photo spot is in the mornings from the RR bridge just east of the highway bridge. Accessible by a city street which goes under the RR near the south shore of the river. There's a stairway (!) leading to the bridge deck and a walkway clear to the end of the fixed portion of the drawbridge, which is usually open.

Art Kelly

Maitland, Florida.