West Branch Feather River Bridge

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West Branch Feather River Bridge
Cherokee, California, United States
450 feet high / 137 meters high
576 foot span / 176 meter span
1962

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The second highest double decker road and rail bridge in the world after the Pit River bridge, the West Branch Feather River cantilever bridge is one of 4 high spans that cross Lake Oroville in Northern California. The creation of America’s deepest man-made lake started in the early 1960s when construction began on the Oroville Dam. Completed in 1968, the earth fill structure is the highest in the United States measuring 770 feet (235 meters) from base to crest.

The 3 other high bridges across Lake Oroville include Enterprise Bridge, the Canyon Creek bridge and the Bidwell Bar suspension bridge.



West Branch Feather River Bridge Elevation


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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West Branch Feather River Bridge postcard.


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An extended drought in 2008 left the Lake Oroville water level more than 150 feet (46 meters) below normal full pool. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Civil Engineering magazine.


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A giant rocker hinge allows thermal expansion and contraction of the 452 foot (138 meter) long east end anchor arm truss span. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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West Branch Feather River Bridge satellite image.

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