Bixby Bridge, also known as Bixby Creek Bridge, is a popular tourist attraction located in Big Sur, California. This location is famous for its reinforced concrete open-spanrel arch-shaped bridge.
Located just minutes south of Carmel in Monterey County along State Route 1 and 120 miles (190 km) south of San Francisco, the bridge is part of the California State Highway System.
Prior to the opening of the bridge in 1932, residents who lived in the Big Sur area were cut off during cold winters because the Old Coast Road that they relied on was frequently impassable. The Old Coast Road was very important to the residents of this area since it led 11 miles (18 km) inland to provide transport.
When the bridge was finally completed, it was built under a budget of $199,861 (equivalent to $3.5 million in modern times) and had the largest concrete arch span with 320 feet (98 m) during that time.
This bridge is still one of the tallest single-span bridges in the world. People visit there often for sightseeing tours since it is also one of the most photographed bridges along the Pacific Coast.