The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, locally known as the "Gorge Bridge" and the "High Bridge"  is a steel deck arch bridge across the Rio Grande Gorge 10 miles (16 km) northwest of Taos, New Mexico, United States. At 565 feet (172 m) above the Rio Grande, it is the tenth highest bridge in the United States and 82nd highest bridge in the world.
The bridge was started in 1963 and completed in 1965. It was dedicated on September 10, 1965 and is a part of U.S. Route 64, a major east-west road. The span is 1,280 feet (390 m): two 300-foot (91 m)-long approach spans with a 600-foot (180 m)-long main center span.
In 1966 the American Institute of Steel Construction awarded the bridge "Most Beautiful Steel Bridge" in the "Long Span" category. See: http://www.aisc.org/contentNSBA.aspx?id=21368
A $2.4 Million "facelift" to the bridge was completed in September 2012. This year-long project included repair and restoration work to the 50-year-old bridge including structural steelwork, a new concrete deck surface, new sidewalks, ramps, curbs and gutters.
Suicide problem 
The bridge has been the site of numerous suicides. Authorities are studying ways to prevent suicides there.
In popular culture 
The bridge has appeared in several films, including Natural Born Killers, Twins, She's Having a Baby, Paul, Wild Hogs and Terminator Salvation.
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, 1970
Dedication plaques at bridge, 2008
View of bridge and rainbow, 2006
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