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Roosevelt Lake - Bridge east of Dam

This is the new bridge on SR 88 at Roosevelt Dam. The old bridge was a road over the top of the "old" dam that was the width of two Model T's. Made for some very tense moments when a Budweiser truck going north and a Coors Truck heading south met in the middle - so we built this new bridge. :)

 

Roosevelt Lake is very full this spring. We had a wet December & January that filled the reservoirs.

 

The Upper Salt River feeds in at the upper left and the Salt River flows out past Roosevelt Dam to the lower right.

 

www.usbr.gov/lc/phoenix/projects/rooseveltdam/rdhistory.html

"Prior to completion of the bridge in October 1990, traffic drove over the top of the dam. The bridge itself earned rare distinction when the bridge was named one of the top 12 bridges in the nation in November 1995. The American Consulting Engineers Council cited the bridge for overall design, size, eye-appeal and design challenge. Other bridges cited were the Golden Gate Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge.

 

The $21.3 million bridge was built to take 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, spans 1,080 feet across Roosevelt Lake providing two-way traffic. The original dam-top roadway was designed to allow two Model-T Fords to pass abreast, but today's recreational vehicles and full-size automobiles are too wide to permit two-way traffic."

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Taken on April 18, 2008