standard Bixby Bridge , a breathtaking drive

Bixby Bridge is one of the top ten highest single span bridges in the world situated in Big Sur , California . Also known as Bixby Canyon Bridge , as in Death Cab For Cutie song , where it is specifically mentioned as the place the narrator travels . The bridge spans across a large canyon along the Big Sur Coastline, about 18 miles south of Carmel.

The bridge is located 120 miles south of San Francisco and 13 miles south of Carmel in Monterey County along California Highway One and is historically important because it introduced automobile travel to Big Sur , connecting the remote coastal towns to each other. It is  one of the most photographed features on the West Coast  because of its location along the scenic Central Coast of California, and has frequently been used in automobile commercials.

Bixby Bridge breathtaking view

Bixby Bridge breathtaking view

Construction

The construction of the Bixby Creek Bridges and Highway 1 to the south exemplifies an approach to the natural ‘obstacles’ that gave the greater highway project identity and purpose and demonstrated the designers  and builders  great care of the environment.

The construction of the bridge began on August 24, 1931 and was completed on October 15, 1932. Local legend has it that during construction, a Chinese laborer was killed in a construction accident. Rather than delay construction with a police investigation, the body was thrown into the fresh concrete of the north pillar. This story is frequently told, but has not been corroborated. Before the bridge was opened on November 27, 1932, coastal travelers endured rough wagon roads over precipitous ridges and valleys.

Bixby Breathtaking Canyon Bridge

The Bixby Bridge is aesthetically charming ; it combines a picturesque setting with form . It is interesting to look at how the bridge achieves such aesthetics and compare its effect to similar bridges.

bixby bridge sunset

bixby bridge sunset

The steep cliffs and breathtaking views of the mountains and the ocean are amazing . The weather conditions can have a big impact on the bridge’s appearance, whether there are clouds partially hiding it, or sun reflecting off of the gleaming white structural supports . That quality, combined with the massive appearance of the bridge, brings countless people to photograph the bridge.

So , if you’re driving on Highway One , take a few moments , stop the car where you can close to the bridge and enjoy your moment watching the ocean , the mountains and the Bixby Bridge …

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