Another notable bridge, and one more for the proverbial must see list. Crossing the McKenzie River above Eugene/Springfield, this bridge is a treasure. With the sky above and salmon leaping in the river below, does one need anything else?
The Goodpasture Bridge, named after a local pioneer family, is among Oregon's longest covered spans at 165 feet, and is the longest highway span still in use. It utilizes a Howe Truss and was erected in 1938 at a cost to Lane County of $15,138. In the 1980's it had become to weak to safely handle the log trucks that use this crossing and a concrete span was considered, but county official decided to repair and strengthen the existing structure instead. In 1987, after spending three quarters of a million dollars beefing up the bridge, it was reopened to traffic.
Goodpasture is 24 miles east of Springfield on S.R. 126. You won't miss it.