Ellsworth Street Bridge

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Ellsworth Street Bridge
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Coordinates44°38′21″N 123°06′24″W / 44.6393°N 123.106635°W / 44.6393; -123.106635Coordinates: 44°38′21″N 123°06′24″W / 44.6393°N 123.106635°W / 44.6393; -123.106635
Carries US 20
CrossesWillamette River
LocaleAlbany, Oregon
Maintained byOregon Department of Transportation
DesignTruss bridge
Total length1090 feet
Width26 feet
Longest span800 feet

The Ellsworth Street Bridge is a highway bridge that crosses the Willamette River in Albany, Oregon, United States. Built in 1925, the two-lane structure carries U.S. Route 20 eastbound traffic, with the adjacent Lyon Street Bridge carrying westbound traffic. The 1,090-foot (330 m)-long steel-truss bridge was designed by Conde McCullough and opened in 1926.

History[change | change source]

In 1887, a bridge was built across the Willamette River at Albany for the Corvallis and Eastern railway followed by the Steel Bridge built in 1893 just down river.[1] The state of Oregon began building a new bridge across the river at the city in 1925 to carry vehicular traffic.[2] Designed by state highway department bridge designer Conde McCullough, it was constructed by the Union Bridge Company based in Portland, Oregon.[2] The steel truss structure was completed in 1926.[3]

When the bridge opened, the Albany-Corvallis Highway was completed.[4] At the time the structure was named the Albany Bridge.[4] In 1973, the neighboring Lyon Street Bridge was completed to the east to expand capacity to a total of four lanes between the two bridges.[3] Ellsworth Street Bridge was refurbished in 1971 and 2002.[3][5] As of 2004, the bridge handled an average of 9,850 cars per day.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. North Albany Milestones. City of Albany. Retrieved on April 19, 2008.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Smith, Dwight A., James B. Norman, and Pieter T. Dykman. Historic Highway Bridges of Oregon. Archived 2010-06-13 at the Wayback Machine Salem, Or: Oregon Dept. of Transportation, Environmental Section, 1985. p. 76.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Rollins, Ian. Are our bridges safe? Albany Democrat Herald, August 2, 2007.
  4. 4.0 4.1 American Memory: Built in America: Albany Bridge, Spanning Willamette River at U.S. Highway 20, Albany, Linn County, OR. U.S. Library of Congress. Retrieved on April 21, 2008.
  5. 5.0 5.1 NBI Structure Number: 01025D031 01044. NationalBridges.com. Retrieved on April 19, 2008.