Nehalem River Bridge – Seaside OR

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Description

Completed in 1939, the biggest bridge on what was then the newly constructed Wolf Creek Highway (now the Sunset Highway) spans the 600-foot-deep Nehalem River gorge. It eliminated a three-mile detour on this major highway between Portland and the northern Oregon coast.

The concrete arch bridge cost $130,000 and was built in a cooperative effort between the US Bureau of Public Roads and the Oregon State Highway Commission. Mountain States Construction Company, a Eugene firm, built the bridge.

Project Details

Federal Cost Local Cost Total Cost Project #'s
$130,000

Source notes

"Costly Span Completed," Oregonian. February 4, 1940.

"Nehalem Bridge - Oregon," Bridgehunter: Http://www.bridgehunter.org

 

Project originally submitted by Judith T Kenny on February 16, 2022.

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Location Info


US Highway 26
Elsie, OR 97138

Location notes: Nehalem Bridge is east of the unincorporated town of Elsie, Oregon and approximately 24 miles east of Seaside on US Highway #26.

Coordinates: 45.85920899850882, -123.55542536698404

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