Alsea Bay Bridge

Coordinates: 44°25′55″N 124°04′14″W / 44.4319°N 124.0705°W / 44.4319; -124.0705
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Alsea Bay Bridge
The 1991 Alsea Bay Bridge
Coordinates44°25′55″N 124°04′14″W / 44.4319°N 124.0705°W / 44.4319; -124.0705
Carries US 101
CrossesAlsea Bay
Localenear Waldport, Oregon
Designconcrete arch bridge (both)
Total length3,011 feet (918 m) (1st)
2,910 feet (890 m) (2nd)
Longest span450 feet (140 m)
Clearance below70 feet (21 m) (2nd)
Construction start1988
Opened1936 (1st)
1991 (2nd)
Closed1989 (1st)

The Alsea Bay Bridge is a concrete arch bridge that spans the Alsea Bay on U.S. Route 101 (US 101) near Waldport, Oregon.


There have been two bridges on this site.

The first bridge was designed by Conde McCullough and opened in 1936. It was a 3,011 feet (918 m) long, reinforced-concrete combination deck and through arch bridge.

The bridge in March 2015

The hostile environment caused significant corrosion to the steel reinforcements. In 1972 the Oregon Department of Transportation began projects aimed at extending the life of the bridge. By the mid-1980s it was decided to replace the bridge rather than continuing costly rehabilitation efforts.[1] The first bridge was demolished in 1991. Construction of the second bridge, designed by HNTB, began in 1988, and it was opened in the fall of 1991 at a cost of $42.4 million. The bridge is 2,910 ft (890 m) in total length, with a 450 ft (140 m) main span that provides 70 ft (21 m) of vertical clearance. The bridge has a latex concrete deck and the piers are significantly thicker than normal in an attempt to thwart corrosion. Its life expectancy is 75 to 100 years.

The original Alsea Bay Bridge

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  1. ^ Jackson, Donald C. (1988). Great American Bridges and Dams. Wiley. p. 327.

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