Siuslaw River Bridge, Florence

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The Siuslaw River Bridge is a bascule bridge that spans the Siuslaw River on U.S. Route 101 in Florence, Oregon. It was designed by Conde McCullough, built by the Mercer-Fraser Company of Eureka, California, and funded by the Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works (later renamed the Public Works Administration). It opened in 1936.
The bridge's total length is 1568ft. When open, the 140ft double-leaf bascule provides 110ft of horizontal clearance for boat traffic. The bascule section is flanked by two 154ft reinforced concrete tied arches, identical to those used in the original Alsea Bay Bridge. Four Art Deco-style obelisks house mechanical equipment as well as living quarters for the bridge operator. The total cost of the bridge was $527,000.
The bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places on August 5, 2005.
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  • The drive along the Oregon Coast includes some very resplendent bridges. Time has taken a toll on some of them even eliminating a few, but thankfully the Siuslaw is still intact for everyone to...  more »
  • Beautiful bridge with Gothic arches under the roadbed and an overall Art Deco design. We picked up a take away lunch and ate with the river and bridge in view. One of several Oregon bridges of...  more »
  • Beautiful day on the Oregon Coast. Friendly people and a fun band to listen to. This was actually a community event taking place in Old Town Florence Oregon, which is actually right below the bridge.
  • To experience the bridge ride your bikes over it and see it from the water front.

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