Terrebonne in Jefferson County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
A Bridge for the New Millenium
Throughout the 20th century, traffic increased dramatically on US Highway 97 - from a few vehicles per day in the 1920's to over 8,000 by the 1990's! After 70 years, the Crooked River (High) Bridge (1926) though still structurally sound was unable to accommodate the needs of the new millennium.
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) began planning a new crossing of the Crooked River Gorge in the late 1990's. To honor the tradition of bridge crossings over the Crooked River Gorge, it was important for this new bridge to complement the older bridges. David Goodyear, an award-winning bridge engineer was contracted to design the new structure - a concrete deck arch bridge, 535 feet long (almost 100 feet longer than its predecessors) 79 feet wide and 295 feet high.
The new Crooked River Bridge is the first major cast-in-place segmental concrete arch bridge in the United States. Construction began in November 1997, and the bridge opened to public on September 16, 2000.
Erected by Oregon Department of Transportation.
Location. 44° 23.531′ N, 121° 11.592′ W. Marker is in Terrebonne, Oregon, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 97 at milepost 114, 1½ miles north Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Terrebonne OR 97760, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Peter Skene Ogden Park (a few steps from this marker); Colonel Rex T. Barber Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Oregon Scenic Highways (a few steps from this marker); The Crooked River (High) Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Peter Skene Ogden (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Oregon Trunk Railroad Bridge (about 700 feet away); Metolius Depot (approx. 13½ miles away).
More about this marker. Located in the Peter Skene Ogden Park, northeast corner adjacent to the 1926 High Bridge. The park can be difficult to find due to the location of this new bridge. Turnout is on the south side to the west.
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 26, 2015, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona. This page has been viewed 336 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 26, 2015, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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