Monday, August 20, 2018

Albion River Bridge

The Albion River Bridge, located where the Albion River meets the sea, is the last timber trestle bridge on the California Coast. Caltrans wants to replace it with a concrete bridge but the local Mendocino residents want to save their beloved landmark.

Because of WWII concrete and steel shortages,  the bridge was constructed in 1944 of salvaged wood and a steel center truss that was salvaged from an older bridge.

In 2014, Caltrans determined that the bridge, "is reaching the end of its service life and becoming too expensive to maintain." Preservationists, distrustful of Caltran's assessment, successfully added the bridge to the National Register of Historic Places. The debate continues . . . .

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