If you happen to be passing through Florence, Oregon while traveling the Oregon Coast, you will see a big bridge. This bridge is known as the Siuslaw River Bridge. As you can probably guess this bridge covers the Siuslaw River on the U.S. Route 101. This bridge was designed by Conde McCullough and built by the Mercer-Fraser Company of Eureka California. This bridge was funded by the Public Works Administration. The bridge opened in 1936.
The length of the bridge is 1,568 feet. It has a 140 foot double-leaf bascule which provides 110 feet horizontal clearance for boat traffic. The bascule section is flanked by two 154 foot reinforced concrete arches identical to the Alsea Bay Bridge. Four Art Deco-style obelisks store the mechanical equipment. There was also a living area for the bridge operator. The total cost to build the bridge was $527,000 which is now equal to $9.4 million as of 2017. This bridge was added to the National Register of Historical places on August 5, 2005.
The Siuslaw River is home to many Chinook Salmon and has become a popular fishing spot. The Siuslaw River Bridge is a beautiful piece of history. The Siuslaw River was named for the Indian tribe that once lived by the river. When in Florence, Oregon you will see this beautiful rive and bridge. There is a small garden with a view for looking out at the Siuslaw River Bridge.