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Twilight along Stevenson Bridge

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 5 November 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Our last look (for now) at this concrete double-arch span across Putah Creek in the southern Sacramento Valley. Solano County, California.

On Sunday - Mike from the UK was asking about the location of our graffiti scrawled bridge. You can see a larger view of this image along with a map link here:

And, hey - a Google search came up with the following facts on this span:

Rainbow arch bridge over Putah Creek on Stevenson Br Road
Open to traffic
Built 1923
Concrete through arch
Length of largest span: 107.9 ft.
Total length: 297.9 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.1 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Stevenson Bridge Road bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.53694, -121.85083 (decimal degrees)
38°32'13" N, 121°51'03" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/600155/4266018 (zone/easting/northing)
90 ft. above sea level
USGS topographic map
Merritt, CA
Inventory numbers
CA 23C-92 (California bridge number)
BH 11595 ( ID)
Inspection (as of 03/2007)
Deck condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 45.1 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1993)

A few more captures taken during the twilight into dusk on this very same evening follows...

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Mirko Herzner from Mühlheim am Main, Germany

Really a nice place to take some shots. Haven't you been there with one of your models a while back?

5 Nov 2009 6:07am

@Mirko Herzner: You continue to amaze, Mirko - you are correct! Also, I'm fairly certain I haven't posted anything from this series on AM3. You must have seen something on my website or in my pBase galleries. I shot a series with the talented Machaon on this bridge last year. Here is a link to one of the images:

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

Wonderful light - very even throughout and it shows all of the details and colors! Great image and work on this!

5 Nov 2009 6:49am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

It's a really interesting bridge, the photo has a great light and color and I like very much all these graffitti on it.

5 Nov 2009 6:59am

Sriram from Chennai, India

Amazing perspective.. good shot... ya very interesting bridge!

5 Nov 2009 7:27am

Betty from Phillipsburg, United States

Great perspective!

5 Nov 2009 11:05am

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Thanks for the info and link; but most of all thanks for sharing this and the previous images of this bridge with all its graffiti and architectural uniqueness. I've enjoyed this series; your photos have helped turn what some might consider mere defacement into something with a story, and with its own beauty and interest.

5 Nov 2009 1:33pm

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Great perspective in this one.

5 Nov 2009 3:30pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Interesting stats on this old bridge. It has a design over the top I've never seen. Seems very details for a small bridge. Your capture shows it well.

5 Nov 2009 4:37pm

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

A splendid study, Stephen. The bridge looks like it could even take a covering of some kind.

5 Nov 2009 4:42pm

k@ from Paris, France

The fact there's nobody around gives a eerie feeling that... i like ! ;)

5 Nov 2009 5:56pm

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

Farewell wonderful bridge,we´ll meet again soon I hope !!!

5 Nov 2009 6:20pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Shots have been lovely...... but now, what seems scary is the fact that the bridge seems to not too structurally sound....... wonder if it will ever be repaired, and I also wonder how repairing it, might ruin some of it's original charm????

5 Nov 2009 8:31pm

@Susan: The only thing that might save this bridge is its eligibility for National Historical Landmark status. Hopefully - California will climb out of its economic doldrums before they need to replace this double-arched beauty. Otherwise - they'll build a new span alongside her and then...

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

A nice shot, but I STILL feel sad to see wonderful structures marred by graffiti.
Interesting what Google will tell us with just a few clicks. Good one !
I really enjoyed seeing this series. Thanks.

5 Nov 2009 9:42pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A very interesting series about this bridge

5 Nov 2009 10:03pm

Francesc B. from région parisienne, France

Thank you for explanations... this bridge is 2 years "younger" than my father
I like particularly the angle and perspective here...

5 Nov 2009 10:12pm

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

So much history and time here and I like this type of architecture, an all concrete bridge. A great series of shots!

6 Nov 2009 4:49am

@bluechameleon: Thanks so much.

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

an excellent frame and lovely detail her with the graffiti -- the background lighting is mystical!!!

6 Nov 2009 4:29pm

grant from kansas city, United States

very well shot. there's such a strange feel here with the combination of the elegant design and the graffiti.

7 Nov 2009 6:13pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Love it! Fantastic composition

9 Nov 2009 7:37am