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A key point between Big Sur and Monterey, the Bixby Bridge was built in 1933. It helps connect key points along the coastal Highway One route from San Diego to the Oregon border. The 720 foot tall bridge has a 320 foot wide concrete arch supporting the center span. Though built over 70 years ago, it is still one of the highest concrete arch bridges in the world at 300 feet above the water, and considered by many to be one of the most-photographed areas on California's coastal highway. The bridge was designed and completed by Ward Engineering Co. of San Francisco for the paltry sum of 200,000 dollars.
The bridge was built during the Great Depression, providing essential jobs to the region. The Bixby Bridge spans one of five key canyons along the coast which were bridged from 1931 to 1937.
The Bixby bridge is just one of the Many Bridges you cross to and from Monterey Going to the Central Coasts of California to Hearst Castle, San Simeon, Lucia, Pismo Beach, Cambria, etc along the Historic CA Route One. The Bixby Bridge and the Rocky Creek bridge are two of the more famous Arched Bridges here in the romantic California Pacific Coasts in between Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties. This bridge is often sen in many TV commercials and is one of the Most Photographed areas of the Spectacular Vistas along the Central Coast of California and driving in it is sheer joy along the jagged cliffs and the winding roads coming and going from it. The bridge is located 120 miles (190 km) south of San Francisco and 13 miles (21 km) south of Carmel in Monterey County and is the longest concrete arch span at 320 feet (98 m) on the California State Highway System. There are vista points at both ends of the bridge where you can take photos and videos of the wonderful postcard perfect area around the Bixby Bridge.
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The Bixby Bridge, is a reinforced concrete arch bridge in Big Sur, 120 miles south of San Francisco and 13 miles south of Carmel on State Route 1. Prior to the opening of the bridge in 1932, residents of the Big Sur area were virtually cut off during winter due to the often impassable Old Coast Road that led 11 miles inland. At its completion, the bridge was built under budget for $199,861 and was the longest concrete arch span at 320 feet on the California State Highway System. It is one of the tallest single-span concrete bridges in the world and one of the most photographed bridges along the Pacific Coast due to its aesthetic design and location.
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