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Stark Street Bridge


Stark Street Bridge

Photo taken by Michael Goff in April 2011


BH Photo #198097

Street Views 


The Stark Street Bridge is a two span steel truss structure built in 1914 across the Sandy River off of the Historic Columbia River Highway near Troutdale, Oregon. The 200-foot main span consists of a ten panel Parker through truss with built-up riveted members. The south approach span is a 77.5-foot polygonal Warren pony truss with verticals, which is also made from built-up riveted members. The bridge carries a narrow 18-foot roadway which funnels two lanes of traffic over the river.

The bridge was not originally designed with pedestrian facilities, but a timber sidewalk was added to the east side of the structure during the 1990ís. The original guardrail for vehicular traffic is a riveted lattice railing which was popular on truss structures in Oregon during the decade between 1910 and 1920.

The bridge was designed by Karl P. Billner of the newly formed Bridge Section of the Oregon State Highway Commission under the supervision of state bridge engineer Charles H. Purcell. Contractors George H. Griffin and the Portland Bridge Company completed the onsite construction of the bridge, while the American Bridge Company fabricated the steel truss spans.


Through truss bridge over Sandy River on Stark Street
Multnomah County, Oregon
Open to traffic
Built 1914
- American Bridge Co. of New York (Steel Fabricator)
- Charles H. Purcell (Bridge Engineer)
- George H. Griffin Inc. (Contractor)
- Henry L. Bowlby (State Highway Engineer)
- Karl P. Billner (Design Engineer)
- Portland Bridge Co. of Portland, Oregon (Contractor)
Parker through truss with a polygonal Warren pony truss approach span.
Length of largest span: 200.0 ft.
Total length: 277.9 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Also called
Sandy River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+45.51533, -122.36137   (decimal degrees)
45°30'55" N, 122°21'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/549880/5040397 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory numbers
OR 11112 (Oregon Dept. of Transportation structure number)
BH 30113 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 48.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • July 26, 2020: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • April 11, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • June 13, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Riveted"
  • April 28, 2011: New photos from Michael Goff
  • September 8, 2010: New Street View added by Michael Goff
  • April 20, 2009: Posted HAER photos
  • July 14, 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-36-B - Historic Columbia River Highway, Stark Street Bridge, Spanning Sandy River on Stark Street at Historic C, Troutdale vicinity, Multnomah County, OR
  • Geoff Hubbs
  • Patrick Gurwell - pgurwell [at] gmail [dot] com