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Near Roosevelt in Gila County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

The Bridge

1987-1990

 
 
The Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 3, 2010
1. The Bridge Marker
Inscription. Before dam modifications could begin, a $21.3 million bridge was built to relocate traffic off the top of Roosevelt Dam. Roosevelt Lake Bridge is the longest two-lane, single-span, steel-arch bridge in North America. The bridge, spanning 1,080 feet across Roosevelt Lake, was painted blue to blend in with the lake and sky, letting the form speak. A few challenges addressed in designing the bridge were the porous limestone foundations, a narrow width to height ratio, and erection 300 feet above the water. Did you notice the arch in the bridge's roadway viewed from a distance? If the road were level, drivers would have the perception that the bridge was sagging. Not a good sensation when you are driving 150 feet above the water!

The bridge was named one of the top twelve outstanding bridges in the nation in November 1995. Other bridges cited were the Golden Gate and Brooklyn bridges.
 
Erected by Tonto National Forest.
 
Location. 33° 40.302′ N, 111° 9.532′ W. Marker is near Roosevelt, Arizona, in Gila County. Marker is on The Apache Trail (Arizona Route 88 at milepost 242) south of Route 188. Click for map. Marker is at Inspiration Point Overlook. Marker is in this post office area: Roosevelt AZ 85545, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Inspiration Point Overlook image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 3, 2010
2. Inspiration Point Overlook
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tonto Basin (here, next to this marker); Salt River Before the Dam (here, next to this marker); Welcome to the Apache Trail Historic Road (approx. 0.3 miles away); Alchesay (approx. 0.3 miles away); Roosevelt Dam (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Roosevelt Dam (approx. 0.3 miles away); The People Who Made It Happen (approx. 0.3 miles away); Al Sieber (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Roosevelt.
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsMan-Made Features
 
The Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 3, 2010
3. The Bridge
The Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Sandie Kirchner, August 3, 2010
4. The Bridge
Note the arch in the roadway as addressed in the marker text.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 824 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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