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The "new" Alsea Bay Bridge replaced the original that was designed by famous engineer Conde McCullough in 1936. Due to the harsh environment, McCullough's multiple arch, reinforced concrete bridge was replaced in 1991 after years of costly maintenance by the Oregon Department of Transportation.
The new bridge, at more than $20 million over ODOT's original budget, cost $42.4 million to construct. Due to the lengthy and costly public process of replacing this bridge, ODOT decided to find ways to maintain the remaining McCullough bridges rather than build replacements for those needing repair.
At 2,910 feet in length and the main span at 450 feet, the bridge deck provides 70 feet of vertical clearance for ships.
In an attempt to combat the coastal enviroment, the y-shaped piers are significantly thicker and the bridge has a latex concrete deck. Designed by Howard Needles Tammen and Bergendoff, with Oregon bridge engineer Walter Hart, the life expectancy of this bridge is 75 to 100 years.
Located at the bridge's south end is the Alsea Bay Historic Interpretive Center where the old bridge's history is documented, and the life and works of McCullough are featured.
Daily bridge tours are offered during the summer that are led by an Oregon Parks and Recreation naturalist and describes the bridge's replacement.
Waldport Oregon 97394
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