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Category 8 - Traveler Services

Award of Excellence

State Route 58, Lowell Covered Bridge
Lowell, Oregon

Information kiosk with covered bridge in background. The Lowell Covered Bridge project brings together different elements: traveler services, history, local recreation, and education on forests as renewable resources.Parking area with lake views and restroom in background. Public restrooms, picnic facilities, walkways and parking facilities to accommodate cars, recreational vehicles, busses, and bicycles were constructed.View of Lowell Covered Bridge. Constructed in 1945, the Lowell Covered Bridge is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Constructed in 1945, the Lowell Covered Bridge is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. However, the 165-feet bridge fell into disrepair and was closed to traffic in 1980. Since its closure, the bridge has informally served as a tourist destination and rest stop for the traveling public. With increasing tourism in Lane County, Oregon, the site was chosen to be reconstructed and formally serve as a gateway facility providing travelers services and information about regional history and local recreation. To save on cost and keep the structure as historical as possible, timbers salvaged from the structure were milled on site to remove rot and utilized again in the reconstruction. The covered bridge was turned into a museum; and public restrooms, picnic facilities, walkways, and parking facilities to accommodate cars, recreational vehicles, busses, and bicycles were also constructed on site.

Designers: OBEC Consulting Engineers, Eugene, OR and FHWA Western Federal Lands Highway Division, Vancouver, WA
Contractor: 2G Construction, Eugene, OR
Owner: Lane County, Eugene, OR

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Updated: 04/08/2011
 

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