Rex T. Barber Veterans Memorial Bridge

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Rex T. Barber
Veterans Memorial Bridge
Rex Barber Bridge.jpg
View from west in August 2011
Coordinates 44°23′35″N 121°11′35″W / 44.393°N 121.193°W / 44.393; -121.193Coordinates: 44°23′35″N 121°11′35″W / 44.393°N 121.193°W / 44.393; -121.193
Carries US 97
Crosses Crooked River
Locale Jefferson County, Oregon
Characteristics
Design concrete arch
Total length 535 ft (163.1 m)[1]
Longest span 410 ft (125.0 m)[1]
Clearance below 300 ft (91.4 m)[1]
History
Construction start 1998[1]
Opened 2000[1]
Crooked River in central Oregon

The Rex T. Barber Veterans Memorial Bridge is a concrete arch bridge in the western United States; it spans the Crooked River gorge in Jefferson County in central Oregon. Designed by T. Y. Lin International, the bridge was completed in 2000 to replace the Crooked River High Bridge. Parallel and west, the older bridge was built in 1926 and was not wide enough to accommodate increased traffic on US 97.

The bridge has a total length of 535 ft (163.1 m), an arch span of 410 ft (125.0 m) and is situated 300 ft (91.4 m) above the canyon floor.[1] It was the first bridge in the United States to use a cast-in-place segmental method of construction.[2][3]

Initially named the Crooked River Bridge, it was renamed in 2003 for Rex T. Barber (1917–2001), a native of the area. A World War II fighter pilot in the Pacific Theater, Barber shot down the plane carrying Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto in 1943.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f "Crooked River Bridge / Rex T. Barber Bridge". Structurae. Nicolas Janberg. 5 February 2016. Archived from the original on 1 November 2016. Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "2000 Seventh Biennial Bridge Awards Competition". Portland Cement Association. n.d. Archived from the original on 2012-02-12. Retrieved 2016-11-01. 
  3. ^ "Crooked River Bridge". BridgePros.com. n.d. Archived from the original on 2014-10-19. Retrieved 2016-11-01. 
  4. ^ "Notable Oregonians: Rex T. Barber - WWII Fighter Pilot and Ace". Oregon Blue Book. 2015-01-01. Archived from the original on 2016-09-12. Retrieved 2008-02-12. 

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