Foresthill Bridge 3rd Tallest in US Connects Auburn and Foresthill, California

 


Auburn, Calif.--
The highest bridge in California, which spans the North Fork of the American River between Auburn and Foresthill, is the center of a lot of attention these days. Not only was the trailer for the 2009 Movie "The Ugly Truth" filmed there but officials of the Amgen Tour of California are reportedly considering it for use by the World's top cyclists as part of the event's first leg between Nevada City and Sacramento.

On top of that, the 730-foot high, 2,428-foot long spectacular Foresthill Bridge may also receive a retrofit, including as much as 2.2 million pounds of steel and a paint job, as Placer County officials look at how to get federal and state transportation funds to help with the seismic upgrade, which might begin as early at the Summer of 2010.

Offering some of the most sensational scenery in California, the bridge and its neighboring hills might add some additional pizzazz--just think of a helicopter shot of racing multi-colored cyclists stretching from one end to the other atop the 70 story height, 1/2 mile span. This is the same span featured in the 2002 action thriller, "xXx," which dramatically showed Vin Diesel's character driving a stolen red Corvette off the bridge, before he parachuted to his pals below in Auburn Ravine.

The bridge, reportedly the 3rd highest in the entire U.S. and the 9th highest in the World, was amazingly constructed for $13 million by the Bureau of Reclamation. It opened on Labor Day in 1973. It looks like the popular 36-year-old is about to not only get a facelift but international fame. If Amgen selects it, Hollywood won't be far behind.



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GOLDEN DRIFT MUSEUM
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