Yuma in Yuma County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Ocean-to-Ocean Highway Bridge
Constructed - 1915 & Rededicated - 2002
Government engineers designed the bridge in Washington without knowledge of the site. Because the engineers were unfamiliar with the unpredictable Colorado River, problems arose early in the construction. While beautiful in design, the structure required falsework across the river for support during construction. Sudden, violent flooding was common on the river at the time and washed out the falsework twice. The contractor finally erected the truss on the south side of the river and floated it into position on barges.
In 1979, the bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was an important link in the Transcontinental Highway and is an early and rare example of its structural type in Arizona.
Erected 2002 by Arizona Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, City of Yuma, Yuma County, Quechan Indian Tribe, Arizona State Parks, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Cannon & Associates, Inc. Ashton
Location. 32° 43.667′ N, 114° 36.923′ W. Marker is in Yuma, Arizona, in Yuma County. Marker is on Penitentiary Avenue half a mile north of East 1st Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is on the bridge approach just beyond the red stop lights. Best way to reach it is to park in the Yuma Crossing Park, immediately west and walk. Marker is in this post office area: Yuma AZ 85364, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Memorial to the Inmates Who Died at the Arizona Territorial Prison (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fray Francisco Hermenegildo Garcés (approx. 0.2 miles away in California); Site of Mission La Purisima Concepcion, 1780-1781 (approx. 0.2 miles away in California); Hotel San Carlos (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Yuma (approx. 0.3 miles away in California); Commanding Officer's Quarters & Kitchen (approx. 0.4 miles away); Venegas Store (approx. 0.4 miles away); Quartermaster Depot Water Reservoir (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yuma.
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 3, 2011, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona. This page has been viewed 893 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 3, 2011, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.