Russian River Bridges

I’ve managed to get photos of all the bridges over the Russian River except for a couple of railroad bridges for which i could find no vantage from which i could even see them.  Here are the rest.

 

The first bridge over the Russian River is at Tomki Road, north of Ukiah.  Not much to the river here.

Russian River bridge at Tomki Road

 

A few miles south, there is the East Road crossing from 1990.

Russian River bridge at East Road

 

Then down to the East School Way crossing in Redwood Valley.

Russian River bridge at East School Way

 

Another shot of this one.  Sigh, since i’ve got too old to bushwhack, there was no place i could access to get a good shot.

Russian River bridge at East School Way

 

Then the CA-20 east bridge, just north of Calpella. This is a big bridge from 1991, but again i found it damn near impossible to photograph owing to there being no good vantages i could get close to in my car.  Here’s the best i could get.

Russian River bridge at CA-20

 

Here’s a shot from a tiny little dirt road leading down to the river.

Russian River bridge on CA-20

 

And one of the very beginning of the bridge from the east end.

Russian River bridge on CA-20

There is also a railroad bridge immediately north of this one, but i couldn’t even see it.  Any of it.

 

Then south into Calpella and east on Moore Street for the next bridge, from 1958.

Russian River bridge at Moore Street in Calpella

 

Next, the 1987 bridge on Lake Mendocino Drive, north of Ukiah.

Russian River bridge at Lake Mendocino Drive above Ukiah

 

Just below this bridge, the East Fork of the river joins the main branch, and since the East Fork accounts for the majority of the water in the upper three-quarters of the river, i’ll take a detour here and get the bridges over the East Fork.

 

Here’s a shot of the CA-20 bridge over the East Fork from 2000 just west of Lake Mendocino, which was formed by damming the East Fork.

East Fork Russian River bridge on CA-20

Closer.  You can see from the water mark that when the lake fills, it extends an arm under the bridge.

East Fork Russian River bridge on CA-20

 

And now, off north onto East Road for this 1991 bridge over the East Fork.

East Fork Russian River bridge on East Road

Now lets drive north on East Road and hook a left into Potter Valley, where on Main Street we find the splendid 1928 Tahto Bridge over the East Fork.

East Fork Russian River bridge in Potter Valley

The other side, a better shot.

East Fork Russian River bridge in Potter Valley

Then north on Eel River Road and off to the west on Gibson Lane for this cute little bridge from 1955.

East Fork Russian River bridge on Gibson Lane

Other side.

East Fork Russian River bridge on Gibson Lane

And that’s the first bridge over the East Fork.  Now back to the the main branch of the river just below the point at which the East Fork enters.  This is the 1986 Vichy Springs Road bridge, east of Ukiah.

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And then, the 1954 Talmage Road Bridge just a bit south of Ukiah.

Russian River bridge at Talmage Road east of Ukiah

 

East in Hopland on CA-175 for a couple of miles for the Hopland Russian River Bridge from 1939.

Russian River bridge at CA-175 east of Hopland

Another shot of the above.

Russian River bridge at CA-175 east of Hopland

 

A few miles south of Hopland, US-101 crosses over to the east bank of the river on the Russian River Bridge from 1933. This is a big old bridge, but it’s hard to see from any point at which you can stop your car, and i couldn’t get a good photo.

Russian River bridge at US-101 south of Hopland

 

However,on a later trip i was able to get a much better shot of this bridge by pulling off illegally onto the shoulder.

Russian River bridge on US-101 south of Hopland

There’s also a railroad crossing just north of this that i couldn’t see.

US-101 crosses back over to the west side of the river at Geysers Road, another bridge that’s real hard to photograph.

Russian River bridge on Geysers Road

 

Down to Cloverdale and east on 1st Street a couple of miles we find the Crocker Road Bridge from 1938, a metal 10 Panel Rivet-Connected Polygonal Warren Pony Truss.

Russian River bridge on 1st Street east of Cloverdale

 

The next bridge is a few miles south on CA-128 east of Geyserville.

Russian River bridge on CA-128 east of Geyserville.

 

The next one south is the Jimtown Bridge from 1949 on Alexander Valley Road east of Healdsburg.  This is a highly unusual continuous Warren pony truss that also has cantilevered girder approach spans.

Russian River bridge on Alexander Valley Road east of Healdsburg

 

Another.  Love the trusses on this one.

 

Alexander Valley Road Bridge

 

A closeup of a truss.

Alexander Valley Road Bridge

 

Then, on Healdsburg Avenue in downtown Healdsburg, the Healdsburg Memorial Bridge from 1921, a metal 10 Panel Pin-Connected Pennsylvania Through Truss.

Russian River bridge on Healdsburg Ave. in Healdsburg

 

And immediately north of it, this railroad bridge from 1921.  It’s unusual in that the two spans are of different construction.  The larger is a metal 7 Panel Pin-Connected Camelback Through Truss, while the smaller is a metal 4 Panel Rivet-Connected Pratt Through Truss.

Russian River railroad bridge in Healdsburg

Another shot of this bridge.

Healdsburg railroad bridge

Just a mile or so south of the Memorial Bridge there is an enormous bridge over the river on US-101. Unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible to photograph without a drone.

Russian River bridge on US-101 south of Healdsburg

I thought i’d be able to get a good shot of it from the pedestrian walkway on the Memorial Bridge, but no.

Russian River bridge on US-101 south of Healdsburg

 

For the next bridge, head west on River Road toward Guerneville and turn off on Wohler Road.  The Wohler Bridge from 1921 is a metal 10 Panel Pin-Connected Parker Camelback Through Truss.  It’s a one-lane bridge, so you have to pause at your end and see whether someone has already started crossing from the other end.  On a foggy morning like this one, you need to look carefully.

Russian River bridge at Wohler Road

Now down to the far end, where there’s some sun burning through.

Russian River bridge on Wohler Road

 

Here it is on a sunny morning.

Wohler Road Bridge

Another.

Wohler Road Bridge

 

The next bridge to the west is on River Road, the Hacienda Bridge from 1914, a metal 7 Panel Pin-Connected Camelback Through Truss.  I know it’s possible to get good photos of this one, both from beaches on the river and, using a telephoto lens, from hilltops to the southeast, but this is all i could get on this expedition.

Russian River Hacienda Bridge

Here’s a shot from the other end on a sunny day.

Hacienda Bridge

It’s such a handsome bridge, though, that i’ll cheat and throw in this unattributed pic from the citydata.com website.

Russian River Hacienda Bridge

 

Westward to downtown Guerneville, where there are two bridges over the river.  The historic steel bridge from 1922 is a metal 7 Panel Pin-Connected Camelback Through Truss.  It’s no longer fit for vehicular traffic but still in use for pedestrians.

Russian River bridge Guerneville

From its roadbed.

Russian River bridge Guerneville

 

And here’s the new bridge, built in 1996, as seen from the old bridge.

Russian River bridge Guerneville

 

Now west to Monte Rio for the Bohemian Highway Bridge from 1934, a metal 6 Panel Rivet-Connected Pratt Full-Slope Pony Truss.

Russian River bridge Monte Rio

And from the other side.

Bohemian Highway Bridge

Finally, on out to the coast, where we find this CA-1 bridge over the mouth of the river.

Russian River bridge CA-1 at the mouth of the river

 

That’s it, folks, all the bridges over the Russian River except for a couple of railroad bridges.  Maybe one of these days i’ll buy a drone, learn to fly it, and take better shots of these bridges.  As it is, my next project will be to shoot all the bridges over the Sacramento River.

 

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