Cold Spring Canyon Bridge

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Cold Spring Canyon Bridge
Santa Barbara, California, United States
400 feet high / 122 meters high
700 foot span / 213 meter span
1963

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The highest arch bridge in the U.S. state of California, the Cold Spring Canyon bridge crosses a tree-filled ravine north of Santa Barbara. Two large steel box beam ribs support a 2-lane roadway 400 feet (122 mtrs) high. Controversy rose over how to deal with a suicide rate of one person per year since the bridge opened in 1963 with as many as 5 people a year recently. In 2012 a barrier was installed to block any jumpers though the new fence also blocks what was once a beautiful view of the valley and surrounding mountains.

The main arch measures 700 feet between the center of the pins.


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Cold Spring Canyon Bridge Elevation


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Cold Spring Canyon Bridge postcard.


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Additional foundation connections were added in later years to prevent failure during an earthquake. Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Image by Eric Sakowski / HighestBridges.com


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Aerial image by www.britec.co.kr.


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Image by American Bridge Company.


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Cold Spring Canyon Bridge painting from California Highway Public Works Magazine.


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Cold Spring Canyon Bridge satellite image.

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