Wednesday, February 6, 2013

El Dorado County, California's Bridges: Clay Street Bridge across Hangtown Creek

January 2013 (38.7294 Degrees, -120.7964 Degrees) Hangtown Creek Bridge
Traveling south on Mosquito Road we eventually arrived in Placerville, the El Dorado County seat. This little town, with a population of about 10,000, would hardly be noticed except that SR 50, which is an expressway, turns into a highway with stop lights and police cars once you cross its borders. It's also remembered as 'Hangtown,' due to its propensity to mete out capital punishment for thefts over $100 during (and after) the Gold Rush.

Today's bridge carries Clay Street over Hangtown Creek in Placerville. It is a 32.2 ft long reinforced concrete arch (and culvert) that was built in 1940. It's a two lane (17.1 ft wide) bridge that carries 2,100 vehicles a day through the middle of town. The bridge was rated in good shape during its last inspection with a sufficiency rating of 70 out of 100.
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El Dorado County, California's Bridges: Clay Street Bridge across Hangtown Creek by Mark Yashinsky is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

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