Near Florence in Lane County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
A Sea-Sculptured Landscape
If this historic bridge and tunnel weren’t here, what would it be like to cross Cape Creek?
Engineers building the Pacific Coast Highway in the early 1930s encountered an unusual challenge here at Cape Creek, a deep, offset gorge, carved over thousands of years by the power of sea and creek.
Famed bridge designer Conde B. McCullough, a State Bridge Engineer, used both old and new technology to meet the challenge. His Cape Creek Bridge design is similar to Roman aqueducts, with two lower viaduct sections supporting a taller, open-spandrel deck arch.
McCullough used a cutting-edge technology in this Roman-inspired design: steel-reinforced concrete.
"You can't help but wonder how in the dickens the great state of Oregon wants to make an expenditure like this to cross a little creek which isn't more than knee deep."
The Siuslaw Oar, November 7, 1931
Location. 44° 8.035′ N, 124° 7.339′ W. Marker is near Florence, Oregon, in Lane County. Marker can be reached from Cape Creek Road west of Oregon Coast Highway (U.S. 101) when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located in Heceta Head Lighthouse State Park, near the parking lot entrance and overlooking the subject bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Florence OR 97439, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Heceta Head Lightstation (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hard Work at a Lonely Light (approx. ¼ mile away); Road Behind And Sea Beyond (approx. 0.3 miles away); Designed for Seafarer Safety (approx. 0.4 miles away); A Battle With the Elements (approx. 0.4 miles away); Giant Spruce of Cape Perpetua (approx. 10.3 miles away); Harbor Theater (approx. 11.6 miles away); Welcome to Historic Old Town (approx. 11.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Florence.
Regarding Technology Spans. National Register of Historic Places (2005)
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1. Highway 101 (Oregon Coast Highway).
Throughout the 1930s, the Oregon Department of Transportation and the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads worked to realign some sections of the highway. One was a picturesque five-mile section through rugged terrain north of Florence. It involved constructing a two-tiered reinforced-concrete viaduct and arch bridge over Cape Creek, boring a 714-foot tunnel through Devil’s Elbow (Cape Creek Tunnel) and excavating a roadway from the cliffs high above the surf. (Submitted on January 27, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Cape Creek Bridge.
The bridge resembles a Roman aqueduct, with a single parabolic arch that spans half its length. The Cape Creek Bridge has been impressed-current cathodically protected (ICCP) from corrosion since 1991. Rebar in concrete is highly susceptible to corrosion by chloride ions from seawater and de-icing salts. Contractors to the Oregon Department of Transportation have plasma-sprayed 102,000 square feet of 0.020-inch thick zinc onto the exposed concrete to provide a sacrificial anode that corrodes in lieu of the steel rebar. (Submitted on January 27, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Cape Creek Bridge,... Florence, Lane County, OR (Historic American Buildings Survey). (Submitted on January 27, 2018.)
Categories. • Architecture • Bridges & Viaducts • Man-Made Features • Roads & Vehicles •
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