Along the Oregon Coast : part 3 – Bridges

Highway 101 through Oregon has some wonderful bridges. Two of them are shown below. The first is the bridge over Cape Creek near Heceta Head. It is on the National Register of Historic Places for its design resembling the Roman Aquaducts.

Cape Creek Bridge at Heceta Head on Highway 101

Cape Creek Bridge at Heceta Head on Highway 101

The second, Astoria Megler Bridge, crosses the mouth of the Columbia River where it flows into the Pacific ocean. It spans between Oregon on the South and Washington State on the North and runs 4.5 miles across the river mouth.

Astoria Megler Bridge over the Mouth of the Columbia River on Highway 101


Astoria Megler Bridge over the Mouth of the Columbia River on Highway 101

As we were about to finish out trip to the Oregon Coast and head back to Washington State, we found that our route had been disrupted by the collapse of a major bridge on interstate 5, just 20 miles from home. A truck with an oversized load struck the bridge, collapsing one span and sending two vehicles and three people into the Skagit River. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured but the major trucking route between Western Canada and the US was disrupted and had to be detoured through country side roads. The collapsed bridge is shown below.

Collapsed Skagit River bridge, on Interstate - 5,

Collapsed Skagit River bridge, on Interstate – 5,

It is amazing how quickly the government can move to repair a bridge that inhibits commerce. There was a temporary span in place and operative within a month of the collapse.

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