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.