Rocky Creek Bridge (California)

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Rocky Creek Bridge
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
Designopen-spandrel deck arch bridge
Materialreinforced concrete
Total length497.1 feet (151.5 m)
Longest span239 feet (73 m)
Construction end1932
Rocky Creek Bridge (California) is located in California
Rocky Creek Bridge (California)
Location in California

Rocky Creek Bridge is a reinforced concrete open-spandrel arch bridge on the Big Sur coast of California, built in 1932. It is located in Monterey County, on the State Route 1 (Cabrillo Highway) about 12 miles (19 km) south of the city of Carmel, and about a mile north of the more famous Bixby Creek Bridge. As its name implies, it spans 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.