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Bixby Bridge

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 16 November 2009 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Monterey County - California (just above Point Sur)

From the granddaddy of all economic stimuli - built by the Works Progress Administration under President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932.

I was slack-jawed by this feat of engineering as I stood there. The span is curved and banked and climbs in elevation from north to south. This is one of many single-arch concrete bridges along the west coast of the United States, built by the WPA. At 79 meters (260 feet) high and 213 meters (700 feet) long - it is one of the largest.

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Mirko Herzner from Mühlheim am Main, Germany

Your shot shows the beauty of the scenery very well. Even on my tiny screen this bridge is really impressive.

16 Nov 2009 6:05am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

cracking shot, cool bridge

16 Nov 2009 6:32am

yz from Hungary

very well composed

16 Nov 2009 7:08am

Chris from South Jersey, United States

a very impressive engineering feat, and I love your view of it with the curve of the bridge echoed in the curve of the coast......

16 Nov 2009 11:55am

Pepe Cabrera from Cuidad de Antipolo, Philippines

What a beautiful bridge that it! Amazing view.

16 Nov 2009 12:03pm

Marcie from United States

WOW! Wha ta wonderful bridge. Love your point-of-view and how you captured it.

16 Nov 2009 1:27pm

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(Old West Wales boy), Germany

This get´s my old Buiding studies juices flowing,great shot !!

16 Nov 2009 3:35pm

dobbino from Cape Town, South Africa

Majestic! Just love all the geometric shapes.

16 Nov 2009 3:52pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

This is a great photo of the bridge. I like the curve as you've pictured it here. Got to see it in July, but I did not have this great angle to shoot from, and I agree - it's an amazing piece of architectural engineering. And to think it was a govt. work project, to boot! Once public assistance wasn't just a cash handout; tax payers actually got something to show for it all.

16 Nov 2009 6:11pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

You caught this incredible feat of engineering beautifully.....they just don't make things like they used to anymore, do they????

16 Nov 2009 10:28pm

Fusao from Tokyo, Japan

great shot ! and great bridge...

17 Nov 2009 1:20pm

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

AWESOME. love this bridge -- love this pov and composition!

19 Nov 2009 5:32pm

@dj.tigersprout: So good to hear from you my friend. Be well and have a good and meaningful Thanksgiving.

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Fabulous composition and great post processing

21 Nov 2009 5:48am

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

Wow what a breathtaking feat of engineering beauty. It's now officially in my top twenty most awesome bridges in the world. Thanks for sharing.

21 Nov 2009 9:50am

@Mike: The placement on your list is well earned. As I drive across our land, I find myself completely in awe at the number and complexity of so many engineering masterpieces designed and built by the W.P.A. From Hoover Dam to The Blue Ridge Parkway - the nation still profits from the brilliance and energy of this program.

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Excellent angle and compo . Love this bridge !

21 Nov 2009 6:52pm

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

A big difference in stimulus packages though. The WPA built infrastructure --a lot of the more recent stimulus is no more than pump priming and wealth transfer to the richest people in the country.

19 Jan 2010 2:54am

@Twelvebit: Oh, let's not go there - it is bedtime and my blood pressure is rising at the thoughts. I was going to suggest 'worlds apart' - but it is way beyond mere worlds...