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Near Arlington in Maricopa County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Original 1927 Bridge Roller Bearing

Gillespie Dam Bridge Rehabilitation

 

— 2012 Arizona Centennial Legacy Project —

 
Original 1927 Bridge Roller Bearing Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, October 2, 2013
1. Original 1927 Bridge Roller Bearing Marker
Inscription.  In December 2011, as the Historic Gillespie Dam Bridge approached its 85th year of service, the Maricopa County Department of Transportation began a major bridge rehabilitation and repair effort to save one of Arizona's earliest and most significant commerce and transportation treasures.

Bridge rehabilitation activities included the heat straightening of bent steel members damaged over the years by automobiles and large farm vehicles; pipe rail and sway bracing repairs; installation of new approach guard railing; concrete repairs and wing wall modifications; and reinforcement of bridge piers in accordance with United States Department of the Interior and Arizona State Historic Preservation Office guidelines. The repaving of the roadway approaches at each end of the bridge and the construction of an interpretive plaza provide for enhanced public access and enjoyment of this historic structure.

A significant aspect of the rehabilitation project was the span-by-span hydraulic jacking of the bridge to remove the original rusted, non-functioning roller bearings. New modern pad bearings were installed as part of this effort,
Original 1927 Bridge Roller Bearing Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, October 2, 2013
2. Original 1927 Bridge Roller Bearing Marker
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which allow for the necessary expansion and contraction of the steel spans during changes in temperature.

Rehabilitation of the Gillespie Dam Bridge has ensured that this historic structure shall be conserved for future generations and allow its enjoyment into Arizona's second century.
 
Erected 2012 by Arizona Centennial Legacy Project.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Bridges & Viaducts. A significant historical month for this entry is December 2011.
 
Location. 33° 13.648′ N, 112° 45.983′ W. Marker is near Arlington, Arizona, in Maricopa County. Marker is on Old Highway US 80 (at milepost 22.5), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Arlington AZ 85322, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. Historic Gillespie Dam Bridge (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line).
 
Original 1927 Bridge Roller Bearing image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, October 2, 2013
3. Original 1927 Bridge Roller Bearing
Gillespie Dam Bridge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, October 2, 2013
4. Gillespie Dam Bridge
Marker is in ramada at east end of bridge.
Gillespie Dam Bridge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, October 2, 2013
5. Gillespie Dam Bridge
Gillespie Dam and Bridge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, October 2, 2013
6. Gillespie Dam and Bridge
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 17, 2013, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 628 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 17, 2013, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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Aug. 15, 2022