Posted by: danielfee | September 5, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 09-05-2012

Yaquina Bay Bridge – Newport, Oregon

Newport is a coastal town located near the midpoint of the Oregon coast 58 miles to the west of the college town of Corvallis. Newport got its start in the late 1800’s as an oystering community and one of the earliest Oregon beach resorts. Many of the old cottages and historic buildings can still be seen in the town’s Net Beach area. Oysters are still important to the local economy as well as tourism. In addition it is still a working port and home to the largest commercial fishing fleet on the Oregon coast. Which also makes it one of the best spots on the coast for seafood dining for both people and the freeloading sea lions waiting for their next meal.

Yaquina Bay is a small bay at the discharge of the Yaquina River into the Pacific Ocean. The Yaquina Bay Bridge is an arch bridge that spans the Yaquina Bay and is one of the most recognizable of the Oregon coastal bridges. The bridge opened on September 6, 1936. The 600-foot main span is a semi-through arch with the roadway penetrating the middle of the arch. It is flanked by identical 350-foot steel deck arches with five concrete deck arches of diminishing size extending to the south landing. The main arch is marked by tall obelisk-like concrete finials on the main piers with smaller decorative elements marking the ends of the flanking spans.

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