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Yaquina Bay Bridge

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Yaquina Bay Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: September 1, 2018

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Oregon Coast Highway (US-101) Over Yaquina Bay
Location
Newport: Lincoln County, Oregon: United States
Structure Type
Metal 24 Panel Braced Ribbed Through Arch, Fixed and Approach Spans: Concrete Open Spandrel Deck Arch, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1934 By Builder/Contractor: Gilpin Construction Company of Portland, Oregon and Engineer/Design: Conde Balcom McCullough (Oregon State Highway Commission)

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1997
Main Span Length
600 Feet (183 Meters)
Structure Length
3,261 Feet (994 Meters)
Roadway Width
27 Feet (8.23 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 22 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
1820

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HAER Documentation, Oregon Coast Highway Bridges - Data Pages - Drawings

This bridge is along with the Conde McCullough Bridge at Coos Bay, perhaps the two most famous and significant examples of engineer Conde McCullough's many magnificent and beautiful bridges that grace the Oregon Coast Highway and other highways in Oregon. This example shows a variety of spans from concrete curved t-beam spans, concrete deck arch spans, steel deck arch spans, and a main steel through arch span. Typical of work by Conde McCullough, the steel presents an early use of beams that lack v-lacing or lattice, a personal choice by McCullough, who usually only resorted to steel instead of concrete in rare circumstances. McCullough preferred his bridges to have members with a simple, clean appearance. On modern bridges this might result in something ugly, but on Conde McCullough's bridges the method works because the eye is drawn to the bridge spans as a whole, which are beautiful works of art as a whole. With its variety of span types, and handsome architectural details throughout this bridge showcases the ingenuity of Conde McCullough both as an engineer and an artist.

Conde B. McCullough was the Chief Engineer for the bridge, but many other people played a role in the design and construction of this large bridge. Dexter R. Smith was a design engineer for the approach spans, Ivan D. Merchant was a design engineer for the main spans. Raymond A. Furrow was the construction supervisor. General Construction Co. of Federal Way, Washington as well as Gilpin Construction of Portland, Oregon were both contractors on the project.

The bridge retains good historic integrity and has been taken care of very nicely by ODOT. However it should be noted that the steel railings on the steel spans are not original and they replaced concrete railings matching the ones seen on the concrete arch and t-beam spans in 1981.

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