Cape Creek Bridge, Spanning Cape Creek at Oregon Coast Highway, Florence, Lane County, OR
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Spanning Cape Creek at Oregon Coast Highway, Florence, OR
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER OR-41
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-25).
Significance: The Cape Creek Bridge is an example of an ancient bridge design combined with early twentieth-century use of reinforced concrete construction techniques. While reminiscent of Roman stone aqueducts because of its two tiers of numerous arches and columns, the 619-foot bridge incorporates in its design a 220-foot open-spandrel rib-type reinforced-concrete deck arch. At the time of the bridge's construction, the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads was completing a 700-foot tunnel through nearby Heceta Head, at the south approach to Cape Creek Bridge. Both undertakings were part of long-range plans to complete a highway along the length of the Pacific Coast. This section of highway presented engineers with major construction problems. It became known to many as the "million-dollar mile" because of its high cost.
Concrete Arch Bridges
Norman, James, Photographer
Schwab, Leslie, Photographer
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
1. General view from highway, looking southeast
2. General view from highway
3. Elevation from west
4. Arch in elevation, liiking west
5. Arch and viaduct, looking northwest
6. Roadway from north portal, looking south
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