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Gales Creek Bridge


Gales Creek Bridge

Photo taken by Michael Goff in November 2010


BH Photo #198092


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The Gales Creek Bridge is a three span rolled steel girder bridge designed by the Oregon State Highway Department, but is now under the jurisdiction of Washington County. The bridge is a rarity within the state of Oregon, since the state highway department did not and still does not design many rolled steel girder structures.

The bridge features a 56-foot main span consisting of four 36-inch deep rolled I-beams. The west approach span has four 36-foot, 30-inch deep rolled I-beam, while the east approach span has four 22-foot, 21” deep rolled I-beams. Rolled I-beams were and still are rare in the state of Oregon, where reinforced concrete girders are the preferred method of design.

The only aesthetic design feature on the bridge is the standard “Type-D” arched opening guardrail which is found on many of the bridges designed under former state bridge engineer Conde B. McCullough during the early 1930’s. The "Type-D" rail can be found on such structures as the Big Creek and Tenmile Creek Bridges on the Lane County coast.


Steel stringer bridge over Gales Creek on Timber Road
Washington County, Oregon
Replaced by a pre-stressed girder bridge in 2017
Built 1936, Replaced 2017
- Conde B. McCullough of Redfield, South Dakota (Bridge Enginner)
Rolled steel girder
Length of largest span: 56.0 ft.
Total length: 114.0 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Also called
Glenwood Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+45.65111, -123.27583   (decimal degrees)
45°39'04" N, 123°16'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/478507/5055321 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
Inventory numbers
ODOT 671388 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
BH 48712 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2016)
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: 39.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 3, 2020: Updated by Mike Goff: Updated status, replaced.
  • April 27, 2011: Added by Michael Goff


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