This blog will record some of the trips we make throughout Oregon and other places.
We enjoy wandering off the beaten path whenever possible. Come wander with us!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Conde B McCullough Bridge, Coos Bay ~ December 13, 2009

 Conde B McCullough Bridge
Coos Bay, Oregon





This magnificent bridge is named after its designer/engineer, Conde B McCullough.  He designed many of the great bridges in Oregon and along US Route 101.  This bridge connects US Route 10l across the Coos Bay.
When the bridge was completed in 1936 it was the longest bridge in Oregon at 5,305 ft (1.6 km).  It is a cantilever bridge, deemed necessary for the long distances it needed to span in this heavily trafficked shipping channel.  The 793 ft (242 m) main span has 150 ft (46 m) of vertical clearance and is part of a 1708 ft (521 m) long steel cantilever span. The rest of the bridge is composed of concrete arches more typical of McCullough's designs. The total cost of the bridge was $2,143,400.  Towards the far end, you can see where they are working on bridge rehabilitation.  It was built to accommodate the heavy freighter traffic from Coos Bay.  On the far right is a building on the bluff which is the Bay Bridge Motel, which looks like a delightful place to stay - and what a view!  Up the hill is a magnificent restaurant Hilltop House - on the high end, but the food was magnificent, the view was wonderful and the people were most welcoming.   Both are in North Bend, Oregon

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