McCullough Memorial Bridge, Coos Bay

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The Conde B. McCullough Memorial Bridge, formerly the Coos Bay Bridge (Coos language: Danisich), is a cantilever bridge that spans Coos Bay on U.S. Route 101 near North Bend, Oregon. It is one of a series of eleven major bridges on the Oregon Coast Highway that were designed under the supervision of Conde B. McCullough, replacing ferries that had formerly crossed the bay. The bridge is outstanding for its attention to form and detail, and has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places in recognition of its design and cultural and economic importance.
Work started on what was then called the Coos Bay Bridge on July 10, 1934. Glenn S. Paxson, Acting State Bridge Engineer while McCullough took a leave of absence to work on projects in Central America, was the supervising engineer during construction. The resident engineer was Raymond Archibald until 1935, when he joined McCullough, then Dexter R. Smith. The Northwest Roads Company of Portland, Oregon built the piers and the concrete structure. The steel sections of the bridge were built by the Virginia Bridge and Iron Company. The main piers are supported on piles driven into the bay's bed. The main towers of the cantilever section were fabricated off-site and moved to the bridge site in four sections. Work on the cantilever arms moved out in both directions from the tower, with the shoreward arm keeping slightly ahead of the center arm so that it would rest on a temporary support structure to stabilize the bridge. The concrete arch sections were erected using timber falsework. The bridge opened in June 1936.
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  • We had the opportunity to see this beautiful bridge under the full moon with the reflection in the water. Really impressive architecture.  more »
  • I never thought before a recent trip to the US I had much interest in bridges. But after our recent trip I see that they not only fulfil a very necessary function in getting people across water but ma...  more »
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  • Beautiful green cantilever bridge that just fits with the green nature all around, and blue waters below. It's like our version of the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Beautiful Bridge, fun to walk but scary if heavy traffic is present. Cars travel very close to sidewalk. Great views and even better if you're on a boat fishing for salmon. Wish the repairs to it wouldn't take so long.

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