We think historic structures hold a special place in the hearts of Oregonians, and historic bridges are no exception. Some of them have been lost forever, but quite a few have been rehabilitated and kept in service, thanks to investments Oregonians have made in the past three and a half decades. These bridges and others are reflected in the updated Historic Highway Bridges of Oregon, a book once out of print and now enjoying a new life. A downloadable PDF copy of the new edition is available on the ODOT Bridge Engineering Section website. (A limited number of hard copies of the new edition are being published for selected libraries and historic reference archives.)
Field Guide of Historic Bridges also available
In 2013, we published an updated version of Oregon’s Historic Bridge Field Guide. This guide identifies the bridge’s history, type, location and more. We included bridges built through 1970, increasing the number of identified historic Oregon bridges from 145 to 334. This guide is also available on the ODOT Bridge Engineering Section website.
Want more? Check out these historic photos of Oregon’s unique Conde McCullough-designed bridges all along the coast.