Foresthill Bridge

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About Foresthill Bridge

  • Body Of Water Spanned: American River
  • Bridge Type: Cantilever bridge
  • Locale: Sierra Nevada

The Foresthill Bridge over the North Fork of the American River is the highest (deck height) bridge in the U.S. state of California and the 4th highest in the US. It is also the second tallest in the country after the Golden Gate Bridge. It is sometimes referred to as the Auburn-Foresthill Bridge or the Auburn Bridge. Originally constructed to accompany the unbuilt Auburn Dam, the bridge stands 731 feet above the riverbed. It was fabricated in 1971 by Kawasaki Heavy Industries in Japan, built by Willamette Western Contractors, and opened in 1973. The bridge spans the North Fork of the American River in Placer County between the city of Auburn and the town of Foresthill in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Pedestrians can walk the length of the bridge in both directions. There is anti-Auburn Dam graffiti, showing protest of the planned dam, on the bridge's underside. A seismic retrofit project was begun in January 2011 and will cost an estimated 74.4 million dollars. The original bridge cost less than 13 million dollars. The bridge can be seen in the beginning of the action movie xXx in which Vin Diesel's character Xander Cage is seen driving a stolen red Chevrolet Corvette off of it,

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