This graceful bridge near the summit of Donner Pass was designed by Norman Raab. Raab is best known for the bridges he designed for the Pacific Coast Highway. Unlike those bridges, the Donner Memorial Bridge has two other features - that is rises in elevation (from east to west) and that it is curved.
The Donner Memorial Bridge opened in 1928-29 and was rehabilitated in 1996. It is 241 feet in length and has a 24 foot wide deck.
In September 2007, an amusing incident occurred at the bridge. A black bear became trapped on the underside of the bridge's arch. Fortunately, the bear was rescued. Click here to read more about it.
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