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Oregon Coastal River Bridges

Oregon Coastal River Bridges

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Oregon Coastal River Bridges

143 pages
17 minutes
Jul 29, 2020


This edition is a photographic survey of bridges spanning the major waterway rivers and creeks that dominate the western region of the state. Several of these distinctive crossings are premier examples of Modernist architecture design.

Most prominently featured in the edition are the works of internationally recognized bridge designer Conde McCullough. Author Marques Vickers’s essay on McCullough entitled “Scaling Above the Currents With Elegance” traces the trajectory of his life and professional career. McCullough is noteworthy for his completion of hundreds of design projects with twelve listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The most traveled of his bridges were completed between the 1919-1936, when he headed the bridge design division of the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Following a two-year sabbatical, where he worked designing bridges for the Pan American Highway in Central America, he abruptly retired completely from bridge design at the age of 49. Most of his classic Oregon projects are located along the Pacific Coast Highway. The bridge crossing Coos Bay, designed by his department, was renamed the Conde McCullough Memorial Bridge following his sudden death from a stroke in 1946 at the age of 58.

Vickers’ photography captures a stunning sculptural perspective and detail of each bridge from multiple angles. The steel and sometimes reinforced concrete compositions represent soaring aesthetic edifices often beautifully integrated into the topography and waterways that they cross.

The author’s own introduction to the coastal icons began in the winter of 2014. He cites their continued presence as reminders of a past when automobiles were first touring the unspoiled Oregon terrain. The largest city of Portland features numerous spans that form daily gateways into the urban center. Portland is often called nicknamed The Bridge City.

The bridges profiled and photographed in the edition include:

Alsea Bridge (Waldport)
Astoria-Megler Bridge (Astoria, Oregon and Megler, Washington)
Big Creek Bridge (Heceta Head)
Broadway Bridge (Portland)
Bullards Bridge (Bandon)
Cape Creek Bridge (Heceta)
Caveman Bridge (Grants Pass)
Conde McCullough Memorial Bridge (North Bend)
Fremont Bridge (Portland)
Hawthorne Bridge (Portland)
Isaac Lee Patterson Bridge (Gold Beach to Wedderbum)
Marquam Bridge (Portland)
Ross Island Bridge (Portland)
Schooner Creek Bridge (Lincoln City)
Spinreel Campground Overpass ()
Steel Bridge (Portland)
Ten Mile Creek Bridge (Yachats)
Tilikum Crossing (Portland)
Umpqua River Bridge (Reedsport)
Union Street Railroad Bridge (Salem)
Van Buren Street Bridge (Corvallis)
Yaquina Bay Bridge (Newport)

Jul 29, 2020

Despre autor

Visual Artist, Writer and Photographer Marques Vickers is a California native presently living in the San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle, Washington regions.He was born in 1957 and raised in Vallejo, California. He is a 1979 Business Administration graduate from Azusa Pacific University in the Los Angeles area. Following graduation, he became the Public Relations and ultimately Executive Director of the Burbank Chamber of Commerce between 1979-84. He subsequently became the Vice President of Sales for AsTRA Tours and Travel in Westwood between 1984-86.Following a one-year residence in Dijon, France where he studied at the University of Bourgogne, he began Marquis Enterprises in 1987. His company operations have included sports apparel exporting, travel and tour operations, wine brokering, publishing, rare book and collectibles reselling. He has established numerous e-commerce, barter exchange and art websites including MarquesV.com, ArtsInAmerica.com, InsiderSeriesBooks.com, DiscountVintages.com and WineScalper.com.Between 2005-2009, he relocated to the Languedoc region of southern France. He concentrated on his painting and sculptural work while restoring two 19th century stone village residences. His figurative painting, photography and sculptural works have been sold and exhibited internationally since 1986. He re-established his Pacific Coast residence in 2009 and has focused his creative productivity on writing and photography.His published works span a diverse variety of subjects including true crime, international travel, California wines, architecture, history, Southern France, Pacific Coast attractions, fiction, auctions, fine art marketing, poetry, fiction and photojournalism.He has two daughters, Charline and Caroline who presently reside in Europe.

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Alsea Bridge (Waldport)

The Alsea Bay Bridge is a concrete arch bridge that spans Alsea Bay on Interstate 101. Opened in 1991, the span replaced a 1936 construction by Conde McCullough that was a reinforced concrete combination deck and through arch design. The coastal elements caused significant corrosion to the original steel reinforcements resulting in its replacement.

The current bridge is 2,910 feet in total length with a 450-foot main span and 70 feet of vertical clearance. The bridge has a latex concrete deck.

Astoria-Megler Bridge (Astoria, Oregon and Megler, Washington)

The Astoria-Megler Bridge is a steel cantilever through truss bridge spanning the Columbia River and connecting the states of Oregon and Washington. Constructed in 1966, the four-mile bridge is the longest continuous truss bridge in North America and became the final segment of U.S. Interstate Route 101.

Ferry service between the two states began in 1926 and the operation was purchased by the Oregon Department of Transportation in 1946. The typical crossing required over a half-hour and did not operated during inclement weather. The bridge was designed by William Adair Bugge and required four years of construction. The construction costs were financed by tolls until they were removed in 1993, two years ahead of schedule.

Approximately 8,000 vehicles and bicycles cross the bridge daily and during one day in October, pedestrians are allowed to cross during the Great Columbia Crossing. The bridge features 8 main spans and 33 approach spans. The width is 28 feet.

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