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Yankee Jims Bridge

Started by Max Rockatansky, February 15, 2024, 11:24:03 AM

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Max Rockatansky

The Yankee Jims Bridge is a structure located on the North Fork American River of Placer County.  What is now Yankee Jims Road was purchased by Placer County in 1906 from a local mining company.  The original bridge along Yankee Jims Road failed in 1930 and was replaced by the current 204-foot-long suspension span.  The Yankee Jims Bridge was added to the Caltrans Historic Bridge program in 1985 and presently has a sufficiency rating of 0.0.  Placer County is presently planning to replace the Yankee Jims Bridge with a modernized arch span.  The preferred design alternative would preserve the current Yankee Jims Bridge as a pedestrian structure.


Easily one of the best minor bridges in the state. Fun road to get there, decent amount of parking, the bridge itself is cool, nice scenery, what more can you ask for? And I'm very happy that Placer County will be keeping it for pedestrians.
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So can anyone just drive across it? That 3 ton weight limit is ominous. If a large vehicle carrying a heavy family drove across, would the bridge collapse??

Max Rockatansky

Probably not, I guarantee it gets that much weight regularly during summer season given it is a popular swimming hole.


Thanks for pointing this out. It's now on my bucket list.

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