The old 'Redwood Highway' twisted along the granite faces above the Eel River - through north coastal California. The road is now almost completely high-speed four lane blacktop. This bridge will replace one of the few remaining 'old' sections.
This is the main gap of the new bridge - above the Eel River.
We are at the end of the dry season - hence the low level of the river. Still, the scale is deceiving as it is about twenty feet ( 6 meters) deep at that far bend. During the winter months - this river rises - sometimes dangerously. In 1964 - The Eel and Klamath Rivers produced horrific floods - eliminating whole towns from the face of the earth. [series: three of four]
[notebook]: I was at this bridge at 2 PM yesterday (in the rain of course). It is now a complete span. It was the holiday and I could have walked across it if I'd wanted to - not a soul was to be seen. The rain and mud removed any thoughts of a walk. I'm back in Arcata, about 30 km above Loleta. I got some nifty shots of the old highway on the way up from San Francisco and hope to post a few of them in a week or two. The forecast for Thursday is for warm sunshine. We shall see...
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