Rocky Creek Bridge (California)

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Rocky Creek Bridge
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Coordinates36°22′46″N 121°54′08″W / 36.37944°N 121.90222°W / 36.37944; -121.90222 (Rocky Creek Bridge)Coordinates: 36°22′46″N 121°54′08″W / 36.37944°N 121.90222°W / 36.37944; -121.90222 (Rocky Creek Bridge)
Carries SR 1
CrossesRocky Creek
LocaleBig Sur
Monterey County
Maintained byCaltrans
Characteristics
Designopen-spandrel deck arch bridge
Materialreinforced concrete
Total length497.1 feet (151.5 m)
Longest span239 feet (73 m)
History
Construction end1932
Rocky Creek Bridge (California) is located in California
Rocky Creek Bridge (California)

Rocky Creek Bridge is a reinforced concrete open-spandrel arch bridge in California, built in 1932. It is located in Monterey County a few miles south of Carmel-by-the-Sea and just north of the more famous Bixby Creek Bridge on the Pacific Coast Highway. As its name implies, it spans the Rocky Creek. A turnout with limited parking space exists to the northwest of the bridge, for tourist use.

The vicinity ecology is noteworthy in that the marine waters at the mouth of Rocky Creek are a habitat for the endangered southern sea otter, E. l. nereis. Additionally, on a ridge above Rocky Creek is one of the few known habitats of Yadon's piperia, a North American rare and endangered species of orchid.

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