El Dorado County Bridges: Happy Valley Cutoff Road Bridge across Camp Creek
To get to several of the North Fork of the Cosumnes River Bridges I had to drive across this old truss bridge over Camp Creek. It looks like a Pratt truss with built up steel sections that carry compression and thin rods for tension. It's a deep deck truss with a 108 ft long main span and a timber deck.
Like many of the longer truss and arch bridges in El Dorado County it carries a single lane of traffic so you have to wait to make sure no one is coming before you drive onto the bridge. Since the average daily traffic is only 250 vehicles, it's surprising that I had to wait for a vehicle each time I crossed!
We'll take a closer look at this bridge tomorrow.