LEGACY SIGN - Yaquina Bay Bridge
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy
N 44° 37.401 W 124° 03.783
10T E 415668 N 4941660
NOTE 9/25/17: Sign was removed when viewpoint was rebuilt. This sign was located at the Yaquina Bay Overlook in Yaquina Bay State Park.
Waymark Code: WM14CP
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 01/10/2007
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 18

NOTE 9/25/17: Sign was removed when viewpoint was rebuilt.

This sign was one of five signs at the Yaquina Bay Overlook in Yaquina Bay State Park.

Marker Name: Yaquina Bay Bridge
Marker Text: Long before today’s modern paved highways, rough, muddy wagon roads provided the only inland access to Oregon’s coast, and travel north or south was often on the beach at a low tide. Construction of a continuous coastal road, dubbed the Roosevelt Military Highway, began in 1919.
Construction of the Yaquina Bay Bridge began in 1934, as part of a Works Progress Administration project. When completed in 1936, the bridge provided a final link in Oregon’s coastal highway system. Washington and California added their own highway projects to provide a continuous roadway from Canada to Mexico, today called U.S. Highway 101.
Saving Oregon’s Coastal Bridges
Oregon’s coastal bridges are suffering from prolonged exposure to marine salts. Salts present in the aggregate used to make concrete during construction, combined with exposure to salt air have corroded the rebar infra-structures. Corroding rebar cracks concrete and undermines structural integrity. This process is blamed for the demise of Waldport’s Alsea Bay Bridge, which was replaced in 1991.
Oregon’s Department of Transportation is addressing rebar corrosion with a process called cathodic protection. An enclosure is built and atmospheric conditions are controlled within it. Sandblasting removes damaged concrete and cleans corroded rebar. Damaged rebar is then repaired and made continuous before being covered with new concrete. Finally, a special zinc coating is painted on the surface, and an electrical current is passed through the rebar. Engineers believe that this will cause the zinc coating to attract corrosive salts away from the rebar and protect the bridge.

Historic Topic: Modern Age 1900 to date

Group Responsible for placement: State of Oregon

Marker Type: Roadside

Region: Coast

County: Lincoln

State of Oregon Historical Marker "Beaver Board": Not listed

Web link to additional information: Not listed

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