Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

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Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.jpg
Nearest city Taos, NM
Coordinates 36°28′34.46″N 105°43′56.14″W / 36.4762389°N 105.7322611°W / 36.4762389; -105.7322611Coordinates: 36°28′34.46″N 105°43′56.14″W / 36.4762389°N 105.7322611°W / 36.4762389; -105.7322611
Built 1965
Architect Charles E. Reed, Chief Bridge Engineer; Herman Tachau, Principal Designer
Architectural style Other
Governing body State
MPS Historic Highway Bridges of New Mexico MPS
NRHP Reference # 97000733[1]
Added to NRHP July 15, 1997

The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, locally known as the "Gorge Bridge" and the "High Bridge",[2] 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,[3] it is the seventh highest bridge in the United States and 82nd highest bridge in the world.[4]

Construction[edit]

The bridge was started in 1963 and completed in 1965.[5] 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-long (91 m) approach spans with a 600-foot-long (180 m) main center span.

Awards[edit]

In 1966 the American Institute of Steel Construction awarded the bridge "Most Beautiful Steel Bridge" in the "Long Span" category.[6]

Restoration[edit]

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.[5]

Suicide problem[edit]

The bridge has been the site of numerous suicides. Authorities are studying ways to prevent suicides there.[7][8]

In popular culture[edit]

The bridge has appeared in several films, including Natural Born Killers, Twins, She's Having a Baby, Paul, Wild Hogs, and Terminator Salvation.[citation needed]

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