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Fairfax Bridge


General View Looking North

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #150797


Street View 


Steel arch bridge over Carbon River on WA 165
Pierce County, Washington
Open to traffic
Built 1921; rehabilitated 1945
- E.A. White (Design Engineer)
- Minneapolis Steel & Machinery Co. of Minneapolis, Minnesota (Steel Fabricator)
- Union Iron & Bridge Co. of Seattle, Washington & Portland, Oregon (Contractor)
The Fairfax Bridge is one of only two extant three-hinged steel arches in the state of Washington. The building of the Fairfax Bridge across the Carbon River canyon in 1921 was the culmination of years of earnest petitioning by the people of Fairfax. Their campaign for a highway to connect their isolated community to the outside world was skillfully orchestrated by a local county commissioner, James R. O'Farrell, and it was in his honor that the bridge -- the final link in this road -- was dedicated. The employment of a three-hinged steel lattice arch for the type of bridge was a prudent yet uncommon decision. Greatly suited both aesthetically and structurally to the picturesque and rocky gorge, it now stands as one of only two of its kind in the state of Washington.
(HAER WA-72)
Length of largest span: 240.2 ft.
Total length: 494.1 ft.
Deck width: 17.4 ft.
Also called
Carbon River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+47.04139, -122.04056   (decimal degrees)
47°02'29" N, 122°02'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/572885/5210210 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory number
BH 34434 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 50.6 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • July 21, 2019: New Street View added by Geoff Hubbs


  • HAER WA-72 - Fairfax Bridge
  • Mike Goff - michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Geoff Hubbs
  • Wikipedia - Fairfax Bridge