When I first drove the highway between San Francisco and the California North Coast, in 1970 - it was a real adventure. The highway was almost entirely two-lane blacktop, much of it steep, winding, and narrow. Logging trucks with massive loads would ride up to your car's rear bumper - no matter how fast you were going.
The road through the section pictured here ran over a viaduct that cut into the granite hillside, hanging precariously over The Eel River below.
With a few short exceptions - the entire trip is now over four lane highway. The bridge pictured here will replace one of the most narrow and dangerous of the old sections. Two large gaps remain in the yet unfinished bridge. We will examine details of this engineering feat over the next few days. [series: one of four]
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