More often than not, the bridges, overpasses, or viaducts I photograph are the result of Plan A not working out. Usually the skies are not cooperating and I either begin driving to a general area of potential interest or scan Google maps to something interesting. Sometimes, like today, it was both. Once again, I end up under a bridge (actually a viaduct for a busy interstate) next to a wildlife refuge.
The long lens cannot see down the full 3+ mile length of the viaduct known as the Yolo Causeway, but it is an impressive sight to behold. The busy, but muted highway overhead, and yet in front of me is a concrete superstructure surrounded by a wildlife refuge that doubles as a safety valve to absorb excess water from the nearby Sacramento River during abnormally high winter rain seasons. The lines on the piers are indications of the water level in the “bypass” over the past 50+ years.
Location Notes: The current causeway was built in 1963 and an improvement from the 2-lane causeway built over wooden trestles. An article from 1962 details the most recent construction: California Highways and Public Works (starting on page 44).
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 300mm, f/16, 0.8 sec
West Sacramento (CA), Viaduct Piers, Monochrome. Prospect Slough, West Sacramento, CA. January 21, 2018. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.