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Wimer Covered Bridge

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 16 June 2009 in Architecture.

Built in 2008, this bridge replaces the original 42 foot (12.8 meter) span, built in 1929, that collapsed on July 6, 2003. That span had a 3 ton (2.7 metric ton) load limit. As I heard the story from a county maintenance worker while photographing the Lost Creek bridge, heavy farm machinery had been driven across the bridge as part of a Fourth of July celebration. Apparently, the load exceeded the aged trusses' limit. We've already talked about what happens if you break a truss: collapse. The new bridge has a 10 ton (9.1 metric ton) load limit.

Part of the Covered Bridges of Oregon series.

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

So beautiful. The whites are dazzling.

16 Jun 2009 5:26am

PATRICK from miramas, France

excellent !!!!!

16 Jun 2009 5:32am

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

Lovely colors !

16 Jun 2009 6:20am

MaryB from Staffordshire, United Kingdom

Another beautiful bridge Steven. Loving the series :)

16 Jun 2009 10:25am

jpla from St Barthélémy d'Anjou, France

Les petits ponts que tu nous offres me plaisent beaucoup !

16 Jun 2009 11:42am

dan from Andorra

more coastal shots!

16 Jun 2009 12:53pm

@dan: Think tomorrow.

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

So vivid colors, cvery nice framing too

16 Jun 2009 1:41pm

jeff (aka dogilicious) from Millerstown, PA, United States

Great colors. I like the bright white against the strong greens and blues.

16 Jun 2009 1:45pm

MARIANA from waterloo, Canada

Nice framing of this image !

16 Jun 2009 1:59pm

Terry H. from Azle Texas, United States

Looks too modern and too white. Prefer the dark colored covered bridges.

16 Jun 2009 2:23pm

Don from spokane, United States

A fine looking bridge. I can imagine a bridge failing. We assume things like this have a limitless capacity which is not the case. A quality shot of this bridge.

16 Jun 2009 2:26pm

Marie LC from Voiron, France

chaque jour un pont différent, c'est fou ce qu'il y en a dans ta région... et moi qui voulais en faire quand je suis allée au Québec et qui n'en ai pas croisé un seul là où j'étais !!!

16 Jun 2009 2:43pm

@Marie LC: Apparently there is at least one covered bridge in France according to Wikipedia. It's the Pont de Rohan in Landerneau, Brittany. It crosses the Elorn River. This image looks like it's much different than these Oregon bridges.

peter from new york, United States

i wish we had some bridges like that around here!

16 Jun 2009 3:51pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Every bridge you've photographed is showing individual character! This series is getting more amazing each day!

16 Jun 2009 4:16pm

Ajay from Pune, India

So this one can carry traffic heavier than pedestrian? Well, that would really be amazing to drive through these bridges.

16 Jun 2009 4:42pm

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Back from my holidays, I found this new bridge and enjoy the beauty and the old style of it. This is a great series, ideal for a book. It would be worth to publish it

16 Jun 2009 4:51pm

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Love the strong color in this one Steve, especially the white! Great light and detail too!

16 Jun 2009 5:41pm

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

an excellent series!

16 Jun 2009 6:28pm

Scott Schilling from San Martin, United States

Wonderful image and the bridge looks contemporary with a little bit of the old left in - I like the look of it. It looks like it will hold up well for this year's 4th of July celebration!

16 Jun 2009 6:37pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A beautiful bridge !

16 Jun 2009 8:08pm

PD from Overland Park, Kansas, United States

Great blue sky, white bridge!

17 Jun 2009 2:04am

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Great looking bridge! Love the warm light you've presented it in!

17 Jun 2009 2:21am

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

It's great to see what color does to a photo ... this one looks so much happier then the black&white one! Not that I didn't like the B&W, it's just amazing to see what it does to the atmosphere. Great colors and composition!

17 Jun 2009 3:30am

10Fraction from Rennes, France

well, the 4th of July has been well celebrated, no regret! I absolutely understand your love for those cover bridges, they are unique in the world I think. I'm always a fan of your serie of picture on the theme.

17 Jun 2009 4:50am

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

All theses photograph in this bridge series are very beautiful

18 Jun 2009 4:47am

Martine from Brest, France

Très original !

19 Jun 2009 7:03pm