Bixby Creek Bridge in Big Sur, California By mila hipsky and lauren meloCowsky

The Bixby creek bridge is located on the Big Sur coast of California. This bridge is 120 miles south of San Fancisco and 13 miles south of Carmel. This bridge spans over Bixby creek.

Construction began on the bridge in august 24, 1931 and ended on October 15,1932. This bridge opened on November 27, 1932. Clearly this bridge didn't take very long to build.

The Bixby creek bridge is a reinforced concrete open-spandral arch bridge. The total length is 714 feet, the total width is 24 feet, and the height is 280.

This shows the forces acting on a arch bridge

The people who built this bridge were California state highway engineer C. H. Purcell and bridge engineer and designer F. W.

5 interesting facts

- After the bridge was completed, it was at times known as the Rainbow Bridge, due to the presence of the Rainbow Lodge resort on the creek upstream from the bridge

- one of the most photographed bridges in California due to its aesthetic design, "graceful architecture and magnificent setting.

- At its completion, the bridge was built under budget for $199,861 (equivalent to $3.5 million in 2016)

- It is one of the tallest single-span concrete bridges in the world.

- Bixby Creek is named after pioneering businessman Charles Henry Bixby. Originally from Livingston County, New York, he arrived in California in 1852 and remained for five years.

Sources used



- Craven, Jackie. "Bixby Bridge in Big Sur, California". Retrieved December 9, 2012.


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