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Yaquina Bay Bridge, Newport

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The Yaquina Bay Bridge is an arch bridge that spans Yaquina Bay south of Newport, Oregon. It is one of the most recognizable of the U.S. Route 101 bridges designed by Conde McCullough. The Yaquina Bay Bridge is one of eleven major bridges on the Oregon Coast Highway designed by McCullough. It superseded the last ferry crossing on the highway.
Work on the Yaquina Bay Bridge began on August 1, 1934. The bridge opened on September 6, 1936, at a cost of $1,301,016. A total of 220 people worked to pour 30,000 cubic yards (23,000 m³) of concrete and fabricate 3,100 tons of steel. The contractors were the Gilpin Construction Company of Portland, Oregon, and the General Construction Company of Seattle, Washington. The main arch was built in toward the center from the anchorages, using tiebacks to support the arch until it could be closed. The piers are supported by timber pilings driven to a depth of about 70ft below sea level. The project received funding from the Public Works Administration.
The 600ft main span is a semi-through arch, with the roadway penetrating the middle of the arch. It is flanked by identical 350ft steel deck arches, with five concrete deck arches of diminishing size extending to the south landing. The main arch is marked by tall obelisk-like concrete finials on the main piers, with smaller decorative elements marking the ends of the flanking spans. The arches are built as box girders. The two-lane road is 27ft wide, running inside the arches with two 3.5ft sidewalks. The main arch is 246ft above sea level at its crown. Overall length of the bridge is 3260ft, including concrete deck-girder approach spans. The navigable channel measures 400ft wide by 133ft high.
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  • very commanding, impressive work of engineering. Beautifully built with wonderful views as you drive over it. 
    very commanding, impressive work of engineering. Beautifully built with wonderful views as you drive over it.  more »
  • We enjoyed the view of this bridge from the historic bay front. We also enjoyed the view from this bridge as we crossed over it multiple times during our stay in Newport. 
    We enjoyed the view of this bridge from the historic bay front. We also enjoyed the view from this bridge as we crossed over it multiple times during our stay in Newport.  more »
  • If you come to the area before the winds start up, you can get a super picture of the bridge reflection in the water. 
    If you come to the area before the winds start up, you can get a super picture of the bridge reflection in the water.  more »
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  • Yaquina Bay Bridge is a beautiful historic bridge in Newport Oregon If you find my review helpful, please click on the thumbs-up 👍icon. Thank you!
  • In my opinion, this is the Masterpiece of Conde McCullough designed bridges on the coast highway.
  • This bridge is so beautiful, I make a point to walk up every time I'm in Newport. There's parking and beautiful stairs conveniently tucked beneath the bridge and narrow sidewalks on both sides of the bridge. And, no sketchy people under! Score! The photo opportunities are endless, I could have spent hours up here with a good camera. I would not suggest bringing small kids onto the bridge, as the sidewalks are too narrow to be able to walk side by side and hold hands. Well behaved dogs might be okay, but cars go pretty quick and there is little to no barrier between the sidewalk and the road.
  • We braved the walk over and back one early October morning. The sidewalks are narrow and a little scarey but that didn't bother us. Ones you get to the top the views are nothing short of absolutely flippin amazing! We were blessed with a clear and sunny sky and i imagine a typical foggy or rainy day would not be as pretty (ok, it would suck...). We recommend going accross on one side and back on the other to get the most of the views. Wear a coat or a jacket or whatever. Gloves too. It gets cold and windy up there!
  • The bridge is an architectural masterpiece. I marvelled at it as a boy and still admire it as a grandpa. The bridge has moods. In brilliant sunlight it looks formal and serious. In fog it evokes gothic mystery. In rain it beckons safety. Way back, the planners decided to build a bridge that would add to Yaquina Bay, not take away from it.

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