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Hayden Bridge

Hayden Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: September 2, 2018

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Abandoned Weyerhauser Logging Railway) Over McKenzie River
Springfield: Lane County, Oregon: United States

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
224 Feet (68.3 Meters)
Structure Length
224 Feet (68.3 Meters)
Roadway Width
18 Feet (5.49 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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This bridge was originally built at Corrine, Utah over the Bear River on the Central Pacific Railroad in 1882. The bridge was replaced and relocated starting in 1896 and completing with the erection of the truss in its current location here over the McKenzie River in Oregon.

This bridge is one of the most significant bridges in the country that uses Phoenix columns. Any bridge with Phoenix columns is extremely rare and significant, but this one stands out for many more reasons. The longer 224 foot span length and rare Whipple truss configuration is noteworthy. The lack of alteration including intact portal plaques and ornamentation makes this bridge stand out from many other bridges with Phoenix columns. There is very little deterioration on the bridge as well. The bridge has some unique design details including unusual longitudinal rods that are below and parallel to the bottom chord, forming an "X" between floorbeams. Perhaps the most significant aspect is the fact that this is one of the earliest surviving bridges with Phoenix columns. The bridge is so old, that the plaque does not list the name as the Phoenix Bridge Company, instead using the earlier company name Clarke, Reeves and Company. As such, this nationally significant bridge is one of Oregon's most important historic bridges.

This former railroad bridge is now abandoned. Ownership has been assumed by the nonprofit organization Workin' Bridges who is working to preserve the bridge and plans to redeck the bridge for pedestrian traffic and create a small bridge-focused park next to the bridge.

Above: This historical photo provided by Chris Bell at ODOT is reportedly a photo of the bridge in Utah being disassembled.

This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Phoenix Columns


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